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More than 4/5 of Texas now in worst drought stage

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — More than four-fifths of Texas is in the worst drought stage, another record for the amount of parched land in the state as heat and lack of rain persist.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday showed 81.08 percent of the state in exceptional drought. In its 11th year, the map has repeatedly set records since early May for most land in the worst stage.

Most Texas cities have suffered triple-digit heat for weeks during the worst single-year drought on record. Wichita Falls entered Thursday with 95 days over 100 degrees this year. San Angelo has had 93. Both are records.

Texas averaged under an inch of rain in July, the hottest month ever.

Forecasters say the drought will persist through at least November.

Online: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/climate/?n=100degree2011