Forget the Sweater in Alabama. Got Shorts?

UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - The Midwest is coated in ice, but people in Alabama are playing golf and shopping for Christmas trees in shorts.

Unseasonably warm weather brought another day of record temperatures to Alabama yesterday even though the nation's midsection was shivering through an ice storm that was blamed for at least two dozen deaths.

High temperatures in Alabama typically range from the low to upper 60s this time of year, but the mercury was at or near 80 degrees in several cities.

National Weather Service reports said cities from Mobile to Huntsville broke temperature records dating back about a half-century, with Montgomery.

Forecasters say cooler weather is on the way and there's a good chance of rain statewide beginning today. But it will still be abnormally dry. Nearly half of the state remains in the most severe category of drought.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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