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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 24, 1998
                            July 23, 1998

Heat Wave in Eleven States

A number of Southern and Southwestern states have been suffering from a heat wave for the first half of the summer. June and July weather data show that it has been roughly 20% hotter than normal in eleven States over the past month and a half.

The eleven states suffering the hottest weather are listed below.

Percentage that Weather has been Hotter than Normal from June 1 to July 18, 1998

     Alabama        +22.2%         North Carolina  +23.0%
     Arkansas       +24.1%         Oklahoma        +21.3%
     Florida        +17.8%         South Carolina  +24.4%
     Georgia        +24.6%         Tennessee       +23.6%
     Louisiana      +19.7%         Texas           +26.2%
     Mississippi    +16.1%

Release of Emergency LIHEAP Funds

Today, the President is announcing the targeted release of $100 million in emergency funds under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in order to help these eleven states deal with the extreme heat they are facing. These LIHEAP emergency funds will allow states to help low-income individuals pay their home energy bills during these hot summer months. States can also use the funds to purchase and distribute fans and air conditioners to those in need of assistance.