As Friday’s heat was giving us the dubious distinction of cracking a top 10 list, Tarrant County health and social service officials reached out to people who need help surviving.

When the mercury passed 100 about noon, 2011 tied 1993 for 10th place for consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures.

By late afternoon, it was 107, tying with 1978 for the highest July 15 temperature.

A possibly more depressing record is that Friday’s early-morning low of 82 tied a record for the date set in the infamous summer of 1980.

For many, those numbers mean only misery.

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