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North Texas Praying For Rain To Beat The Heat

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – After 25 consecutive days of triple digit weather North Texans are resorting to just about anything to bring relief.

Ralph Garcia is looking for help from high above in front of an icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe, where he prays every day.

Lately, it’s more about the weather than anything else.  “I pray for God to take care of me throughout this day,” says Garcia.

Garcia prays he survives the heat.  He has no air conditioner at home and comes to his friend’s house near the Stockyards to get away.  “I would rather be outside than inside,” says Garcia. “It feels cooler to me.”

Esther Luna has also turned to the most powerful tool she can think of.  “I pray for rain right now, we need the rain,” says Luna. “All we can do is pray.”

The last time North Texas had so many straight days with temperatures 100-degrees or above was in 1998, when DFW reached 29 straight days above the century mark.

The all-time record was set in 1980 with 42 straight days above 100.

“It’s too hot!  “I’ve never remember it being this hot and I’m 80 years old!” says Joyce Greer, who lives in Fort Worth.   “I just pray for everyone having to work outside.”

Whether you buy it or not, believers are learning on their faith when the rain won’t fall.

A number of charitable organization like Meals on Wheels and Catholic Charities have been installing air conditioning units inside people’s homes.  If you need one, call 211.

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