updated 8/8/2006 9:56:06 AM ET 2006-08-08T13:56:06

The heat wave that snapped last week for much of the nation shows no signs of letting up soon in parts of the South and Southeast, with heat advisories in effect Monday for Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Oklahoma’s unrelenting heat continued to punish: two more people died and a storm knocked out power for thousands of Tulsa residents.

The forecast for the state showed little promise for relief. The National Weather Service predicted mostly 100-degree days throughout the state for the rest of the week.

“It’s typical August weather,” meteorologist Pete Snyder said.

By Monday afternoon, temperatures reached 103 degrees in Lawton, and 100 in Tulsa.

Oklahoma City reached 101 degrees, topping the century mark for the ninth day in a row and the 13th time in the past 14 days.

The two additional heat deaths in the state brought the total for the year to 20, with 18 of those deaths coming in the past month.

Even though the rest of the nation has largely seen temperatures drop, the full extent of this summer’s killer heat wave has continued to be felt. More than 200 people have died across the nation since it began.

In New York, the medical examiner on Monday added two more deaths to the toll from last week’s heat wave, raising it to 24.

A man in his 80s and another in his 70s are the latest confirmed heat-related deaths in the Chicago area, bringing the total number blamed on the heat to at least 23, authorities said Sunday.

Philadelphia’s medical examiner’s office listed 12 more heat-related deaths, more than doubling to 21 the toll of the eight-day hot spell.

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