Summer Heat Deaths Now at Six in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Dept. of Health today confirmed that a total of six people have died as a result of the sustained triple-digit temperatures baking the region.

Health Dept. spokesman Ed Barham says the deaths include one from June recently reclassified as a heat-related death.  Barham says the victims included one person in their 20s, two in their 40s and one each in their 50s, 70s and 80s.  He declined to provide the gender of the victims or where they died, citing medical privacy laws.

Barham says people of all ages should take precautions in the heat, drinking plenty of fluids and taking steps to stay cool.

A heat advisory is in effect for northeast Arkansas.  The National Weather Service says temperatures elsewhere in the state will still remain hot, with highs in many places nearing 100 degrees.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)