It is Monday, June 26, 2023, and it's the beginning of the week leading to the long 4th of July holiday weekend.  Fireworks won't be the only hot thing this week. Temperatures will soar and the heat index will be miserable.

Those scorching western temperatures over the last couple of weeks are now spreading from Southern California to West Georgia through the 4th of July weekend. A Heat Advisory is in effect until 9 tonight for the West Alabama counties of Greene, Pickens, Marengo and Sumter with a heat index upwards of 105°. The heat indices will rise toward 115° from Thursday into the 4th weekend. But there is some good news, the heat is expected to back off next week and will be normal or even below normal.

Persons working or spending extended time outdoors should hydrate and take frequent breaks.

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There were no reports of significant damage from strong thunderstorms overnight. Some 3,000 customers lost power in West Alabama during a Severe Thunderstorm Watch. More than 400 of them got ready for work in the dark.

A resolution for a moratorium on the approval of new applications for bar/tavern and gastropub licenses until the end of this year is on the Tuscaloosa City Council agenda tomorrow night. The resolution comes after TPD Chief Brent Blankley expressed growing concern about how the proliferation of these establishments is creating stress on his undermanned police force and creating public safety issues.

The 1st of four public hearings on the U-S Supreme Court required redrawing of Alabama Congressional Districts in order to create two majority minority districts takes place at the State House tomorrow. Alabama N-Double A-CP President Benard Simelton say his organization has a map prepared to present that meets all of the courts criteria. Lawmakers have until July 21 to draw and approve a new voting map to present to a legislative special session.

Two people died after a head-on collision outside Eutaw in Greene County Sunday.  31-year-old Jamal L. Parham of Eutaw and 39-year-old Temika M. Lynch of Demopolis were passengers in each vehicle and were fatally injured. The drivers, a 33-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

The 4th of July weekend will be a busy one on the roads, rails and in the air. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be the busiest travel days according to Triple-A. Nearly 51 million people in the United States are projected to travel. This year’s projection surpasses the previous July 4th weekend record set in 2019 of 49 million travelers.

In Alabama, the number one holiday destination is the Gulf Coast.

In Sports:

It will be a one game winner-take-all national title game between LSU and Florida in tonight’s final college baseball game of the season at Omaha, Nebraska. The Gators routed the Tigers 24-4 last night to setup the contest of SEC schools. That was the most runs ever scored in the MCWS.

According to a post by On3Sports Tide basketball guard Jahvon Quinerly will enter the transfer portal. He had early explored jumping to the NBA Draft but did not receive a positive response. Initially it was though Quinerly would return to Bama.

Have a great start to the week and keep hydrated and cool.

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