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Anyone who’s accidentally brushed against a searing seat-belt buckle this week knows: summer has hit the broiler setting in North Texas, and it’s just going to get worse.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Saturday and says the next week will feel as hot as 109 degrees. Some forecasts have triple digit temperatures for the next 15 days.

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This summer, dozens of mosquitos in testing sites across North Texas have turned up positive for West Nile virus. It’s nothing like the record year of 2012 when 89 people died across Texas. So far this year, only two human cases of the virus have been reported in North Texas. But the dry weather that's come after big rains could mean we're in for a long skeeter season.

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So far this year, more than 40 Texas kids have drowned, including three siblings recently pulled from an apartment complex pool in Irving.

One North Texas swim instructor is taking an approach that’s much different from the traditional “Mommy and Me” lessons.

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A bright spot in the rainy forecast is a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. The kick-off to summer opens May 16 and features flower houses and fairy tales with a Texas twist.

Mariachi music has a long history, dating back to 18th century Mexico. How do you get the younger generation interested in this old tradition of guitar strumming, violin playing and passionate singing? We checked out a mariachi summer camp for middle and high school kids at the University of North Texas at Denton.

Study Up For 'Think': Getting In Shape For Summer

May 13, 2014
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It's that time of year again. The prospect of appearing in public wearing strapless sundresses and bathing suits has people researching diets and dashing to the gym. But not all fitness plans were created equal. Today at noon, Krys Boyd speaks to Leslie Barker, health and fitness columnist with the Dallas Morning News, about what's healthy and what's as we get ready for swimsuit season. 

How Sunscreen Can Burn You

Jul 5, 2013

That sunscreen you dutifully spray throughout the day could actually get you burned.

We're not talking sunburn. We're talking people bursting into flames because they're wearing sunscreen.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration recorded five incidents in which people were burned after their sunscreen caught on fire. One person was hurt after lighting a cigarette. Another stood near a citronella candle.

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It would be nice if triple digits were limited to paychecks, area codes, and padlocks. But that’s not the case in Dallas-Fort Worth. The summer’s first triple-digit temperature made an early arrival this week, and Friday was even hotter. Here are four tips to beat the heat.