Stifling Heat

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 3:05pm

Soaring temperatures grip much of the country.

Scorching temperatures continue to smother a huge cross section of the country, prompting heat warnings in more than four dozen cities.

In several areas the high temperatures have turned deadly.

75-year-old Arlene White was found dead inside her Memphis, Tennessee apartment.

She apparently was not using her air conditioner.

"I think she got caught up with that heat," says neighbor George Brooks.

In Chicago human safety workers are going door-to-door to check on elderly residents.

Matt Walsh loaded up the car when the air conditioner quit working in his home.

"I even had to ice down the bulldog and put him in the car with the wife and kids," he said.

In Austin police had to be called in to rescue a pup left in a parked car.

The temperature inside had climbed to climbing more than 103-degrees.

The official start of summer is still almost two weeks away and forecasters say the high temperatures are likely to linger in many areas for at least another week or more.

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