Balmy weather? That's how it felt in Dallas, when folks were happy it was only a muggy 94 degrees after they've sweltered for 29 consecutive days in triple-digit heat.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms rolled through northern Texas on Tuesday, a day after it got its first measurable rain in weeks. No one seemed to mind."I'm so refreshed," said 14-year-old Emily Jo Ahrberg, a cheerleader visiting from Cushing, Okla., before summer break ends. "This is real shopping weather!"
As the mercury went down, the heat index went up: With the humidity, it felt hotter than 100 degrees. And the Texas death toll climbed to 106 Tuesday, pushing the nationwide total since May to at least 175, including 33 heat deaths in Louisiana and 21 in Oklahoma.