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The Nation’s Weather

July 16, 1998

Dry weather prevailed in much of the nation Thursday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the East.

Heavy rain fell across central Florida, and rain extended from northeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia to northern Alabama. Temperatures in the region were in the 80s.

Temperatures topped 100 for the 11th straight day in northern Texas, where the heat has claimed 27 lives statewide. There have been more than 50 heat-related deaths across the South since mid-May.

Dry and partly cloudy to sunny skies stretched from the Pacific Coast to the Mississippi River. Temperatures were hot across much of the region, with readings in the 80s and 90s.

Over the northern Plains and across the higher elevations of the Rockies, temperatures were in the 70s, with readings reaching into the 100s in the desert Southwest.

Conditions were dry across much of the Great Lakes and Northeast. A few light showers moved across eastern Pennsylvania and southern New York due to a cold front. Temperatures warmed into the 80s across the Northeast and remained in the 70s in parts of the Great Lakes.

The midday high in the lower 48 states was 109 degrees in Palm Springs and Thermal in California. The low was 37 degrees in Jackson, Wyo.

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