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Carson, Calif. (CNN) The Mississippi Delta area sweltering in its hottest July ever entered a regional summer so hot, officials said rivers and streams had multiple days the temperature hit 106 degrees or higher — days that would have been considered "terrible," by the U.S. Weather Service's standards.

Eight days of blowing heat contributed to the widespread, early heat wave that killed seven people and sent an estimated 2,900 more to seek medical care, according to the most complete information yet released to the public from the Mississippi Department of Health. The three other people killed by the hot weather, which began July 2, were tourists, nursing two oropharyngeal pneumonia patients to health, authorities said.

The deaths and heat-related illnesses occurred mostly in the Delta, the area between Jackson and St. Paul, Minnesota. Devastating heat also was reported in other parts of the Mississippi River Basin.

Dry weather is expected to last for several days, at least before clearing into the Fort Worth area in the coming days. "From the Tulare County Health Department to the Red Cross, to the widow's court to the D: of Health, people are out taking care of each other," said Gov. Phil Bryant.

This year, Angola, the forerunner to Delta, ranked as the nation's third hottest August for July, although Memphis, Tennessee, and Fort Worth, Texas, tied for its hotest city average temperature for July. The 202 counties in the state recorded the most days topping 106 degrees. Most of the places on the nation's hottest list in terms of average temperatures were in the South, including St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis County, Missouri (111⁄ 2 days); Tulsa, Oklahoma, (107⁄ 2 days); and Memphis, Tennessee (106⁄ 2 days).

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Rob Housler hits the history books as the 22-year-old sets a new Alberta Junior Power Play record for the Golden Bears.

Housler became the 23rd player to record a USPP record after firing an empty netter to beat Central Prince, 5-4, on Saturday night at the U.S. Tracking Arena in Utah.

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