Fresno, CA — Authorities say at least 132 deaths are likely linked to a nearly two-week heat wave in California.
The vast majority of those deaths statewide have been elderly people whose bodies don´t cope as well in the heat.
The big jump from Thursday´s total was caused primarily by reports from Los Angeles and Merced counties where coroners struggled to keep up.
Both Northern and Southern California have been gripped by triple-digit temperatures since July 16th. The Central Valley has borne the brunt of it with temperatures as high as 115.
The National Weather Service says the Mother Lode should get a break in the heat this weekend; however the cooler weather comes to late to save 83 year old Lillian Galusha of Jamestown, who was found dead Thursday morning in her home.
Written by Sabrina Sabbagh