Assignment: Open story: Heat wave
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(CNN) -- A massive heat wave is sweeping across more than a dozen states, and the South and Texas are bearing the brunt of the blast.
Texas' state climatologist has said that the state is in the middle of its most severe one-year drought since record-keeping began in 1895.
Temperatures of more than 100 degrees have been reported for weeks, and affected residents are fighting to stay cool.
Heat-related injuries and even deaths have been reported.
A Kansas City, Missouri endurance race known as the "Warrior Dash," had one of its participants die Saturday, July 30, after collapsing on the course, CNN affiliate KMBC reported.
The family of Jeremiah Morris said the 28-year-old's core temperature had increased to 111 degrees. His blood thinned and damage was caused to his organs, they told KMBC.
Morris' memorial service would be held on what would have been his 29th birthday, the family noted.
How is the heat wave affecting your area? Share photos and videos that demonstrate the impact of these high temperatures on people and your surroundings.
Be sure to also let us know how you're staying cool, and remember to stay safe and well-hydrated while outside.