Record Heat Grips Much of Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Scorching temperatures that are siphoning lakes and wreaking havoc on ranches across Texas aren't expected to ease anytime soon.

Meteorologists said Friday that significant changes are unlikely the next two weeks as Texas grapples with a prolonged drought.

Houston reported record-tying highs for June on Thursday while New Braunfels in Central Texas was among the nation's hot spots at 107.  Already this summer, heat has been suspected in several deaths.

Bob Rose, a meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority in Austin, said he's getting calls from worried ranchers and farmers who have no moisture in their hard soil.

Rose said the water levels at Lake Travis near Austin are dropping by two feet a week.