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Record-tying heat today in DFW

Today's temperature in Dallas-Fort Worth reached 105 degrees, tying the record set in 1995.

As North Texas swelters beneath a ridge of high pressure, we have endured 18 days of temperatures above 100 degrees — including four in a row.

Sunday also reached 105 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, but that didn’t touch the record set for thats date — 106 in 1944.

A heat advisory was in place until 7 p.m. for North Texas, said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

A very slight break might happen Wednesday or Thursday when the ridge is expected to shift to the west and lower temperatures by a couple degrees.

Still, the triple-digit temperatures remain in the forecast for at least a week, Hampshire said.

Residents who have to be outside are urged to take frequent breaks and drink lots of water. They are also encouraged to check on relatives and neighbors, especially the very elderly and the very young.

On Sunday, a toddler died at a Dallas hospital after he was left inside his family's van in northeast Denton County, officials said.

The child had been in the van at least an hour outside the family's home near Aubrey, officials said. He was unconscious when Aubrey paramedics arrived, the officials said.

MedStar Ambulance Service responded to seven heat-related emergencies on Sunday, a dispatcher for the agency said. There was one on Saturday and two, so far, on Monday.

The patients were all ages, including a person who was 19,

"There's no cut-off," the dispatcher said. "When you're hot, you're not."