Thursday, August 24, 2023, will again bring dangerous heat index values of 105 to 111 degrees, prompting another Excessive Heat Warning. That warning covers all of West Alabama north of Demopolis and the same conditions are expected tomorrow. 

A Heat Advisory is in effect for Marengo and Perry counties and southward.

The Forecast:

Today: Mostly sunny through early afternoon, then an increase in clouds. There will be a low chance of showers or storms during the afternoon. Highs across West Alabama will range from the mid to upper 90s, with a few readings near 100 degrees in the southwest.

Tonight: A few lingering showers and storms may persist into the early evening. Lows will be in the 70s.

Friday: Mostly sunny through early afternoon, then an increase in clouds. There will be a low chance of showers or storms during the afternoon. Highs will range from the mid to upper 90s, with a few near 100 degrees in the south.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 76. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

The Weekend:

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot during the day with a high near 98 and clear with a low of 75 at night.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm, otherwise sunny, with a high near 99. a low-end chance for showers will continue until after midnight. The low will be around 74.


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Topping the News:

The hottest week of the summer continues with yet another Excessive Heat Warning for all of West Alabama north of Demopolis. Heat index levels will reach 109 to 111 degrees today Alabama Hospitals Association President Dr. Donald Williamson tells us the dangerous heat is sending a lot of people to hospitals with heat stress such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke and heart attacks. Marengo and Perry counties are under a Heat Advisory and the same conditions are expected tomorrow.


The University of Alabama is home to the National Water Center and UA is working to become a focus point for water research as we are seeing a reduction on potable water in the world. A 25-thousand-dollar grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will assist that effort with well water contamination research.


A free event at Government Plaza downtown this morning will assist those in need of essential items like food, water, clothing and hygiene products. The event is sponsored by localsharing.org, an online community-oriented group that provides an opportunity for the public to share surplus goods. It runs from 9 until noon today.


 

The recent announced sale of Winn Dixie grocery stores to the German based Aldi chain means there will be changes for those who use the Winn Dixie pharmacies. Aldi announced they are selling their pharmacy assets to Walgreen and CVS. Aldi says there should be no problems with the change, but some customers worry about how it will impact their insurance. There are 4 Winn Dixie and 2 Aldi stores in Tuscaloosa/Northport.


 


 

In Sports:

UA has announced its football broadcast team for 2023: Longtime voice of Tide Football Eli Gold will announce all the home games, while Chris Stewart, who has filled in since Gold’s fight with cancer, will announce all the away games. The team will also add Tyler Watts to the booth to replace John Parker Wilson as the color analyst.


Bama Coach Nick Saban has one message for his players heading into game week next week. It is time to get ready for the season. As for the QB battle, Saban says the team will make the best of it.


 

Make Thursday a great day!!

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