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Associated Press, Published August 30 2012

Day of record-breaking heat hits the Dakotas

PIERRE, S.D. — Forecasters say a cool-down is in store after a day of record-breaking heat in the Dakotas.

National Weather Service reports show more than a dozen cities in South Dakota and North Dakota set high-temperature records on Wednesday. The South Dakota capital of Pierre hit 110 degrees. Many other cities in the state including Rapid City and Sioux Falls surpassed 100 degrees.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports that Sioux Falls has implemented once-per-week watering restrictions for the first time since 2003 because drought has reduced the flow in the Big Sioux River.

Many cities in North Dakota also had triple-digit temperatures Wednesday. Grand Forks County issued a burn ban because of high fire danger. The western part of the state also is very dry.

Forecasts call for slightly cooler temperatures Thursday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.