Heat Wave Proves Deadly Down South

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The weather has been hot, muggy and humid for parts of the country. In some places, temperatures have soared above 100 degrees for a stretch of days. Forecasters have said it may be a while before there's some relief.

At this week's band camp for Milton High School, near Atlanta, Ga., eight students collapsed in the sweltering heat, forcing an end to outdoor practice.

"I think the length of the week and the course of time took it's toll on a few students," Milton High School band director Ryan Borger said.

The coaching staff at Atlanta's Grady High School made the same call to prevent a similar scene on the football field.

"One-hundred and eighteen and it's flashing danger and it's going up as we stare at it," said LaFrederick Spence, Grady High School football coach. "It's not extreme danger, but it's danger, so we keep our guys inside."

Consecutive days of exceptionally hot weather have taken a toll. At least 15 people have died as a result of the scorching temperatures.

In Florida, a community is in shock over the death of a 2-year-old girl who died after being left in an overheated daycare center van.

Also, in Fayette, Ga., four burglary suspects could face more than just burglary charges after a police canine died while chasing them through the woods.

"We got the first two. There were still two more and we just kept going and Aaros went until he couldn't go any more," said Cody Benslay, Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy.

Those who have to be outdoors because of work are trying to make sure they take the necessary precautions.

"Every morning we talk about the heat," Scott Sholz of the Texas Department of Transportation said. "We bring up the temperature it's going to be. We tell them to drink plenty of water. We tell them you got to force yourself to drink water."

Schools in Cobb County, Ga., are giving students bottled water for their bus rides home.

Forecasters said while some may find a little relief with slightly cooler temperatures this weekend, it won't last long. The next stretch of heat, according to forecasters, could last for weeks.

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