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DALLAS (AP) - A health official says 12 people in Dallas have died from the heat this summer, already three more than last year’s total with the hottest month still ahead.

Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman Blanca Cantu said Tuesday that officials were encouraging residents to check on family members and neighbors.

Temperatures are expected to reach record highs this week in several big Texas cities, including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Water and electricity usage is soaring as a result, prompting the state’s electricity grid manager to ask Texans to conserve energy during the hottest part of the day.

Nighttime temperatures aren’t bringing much relief because of the miles of heat-absorbing concrete. Early Tuesday morning, it was 83 in Dallas. A daytime high of 109 was expected Thursday.

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