We define a local dependence condition which enables us to obtain a sufficient condition for the convergence in distribution of the sequence of point processes of high local maxima generated by a strictly stationary sequence of random variables. The limit point process is an homogeneous Poisson process. The result is applied to a stationary autoregressive sequence of maxima for which, after each upcrossing of a high level, we observe a downward tendency.

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