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North Texas Ends 100-Plus Streak

August 5, 1998

DALLAS (AP) _ Showers and thunderstorms rolled through north Texas on Tuesday, lowering the temperature to 94 degrees and snapping the 29-day streak of triple-digit heat that has plagued the region.

``It feels like springtime,″ said Jay Eagle.

The rash of storms that blew through the region late Monday stuck around another day, ending the area’s second-longest heat streak. During the infamous summer of 1980, there were 42 consecutive days of 100-degree heat.

Highs the rest of the week are forecast in the upper 90s.

The Texas heat-related death toll rose to 108 Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to at least 173. Elsewhere, the toll is 33 in Louisiana, 21 in Oklahoma, seven in Alabama, three in Missouri, two in Pennsylvania, and one each in California, Arizona and Oregon.

The rain also cooled things off in Oklahoma and the break in the heat wave finally reached regions of the state that had sweltered for almost a month.

In Altus, it rained Tuesday and the afternoon temperature was 78. Monday was the first day since July 5 that it hadn’t reached 100 in Altus _ although the high was still 99.

``It’s definitely a change from the last few weeks, I’ll tell you,″ said Dwight Dennis with the Altus office of emergency management.

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