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Area Residents Enjoy Winter Warm-Up

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By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Sunday’s high temperature shattered the previous record 64 — and people throughout the region found different ways to enjoy the surprisingly warm weather.

It was beginning to look a lot like spring, rather than Christmas. Many of the runners and cyclists along Kelly Drive were wearing shorts and tank tops. Vicky happily left the winter hat and gloves at home.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “I mean, when I knew the weather was going to be this warm, I said ‘we have to go for a run on Sunday.'”

Michael McGettigan said it surely beat working out on a stationary bike, even with a little rain.

“A day like this, when you can get out, you call it stealing a ride when it’s just so nice you can’t believe it’s December,” he said. “You get out there and you steal that ride. Not going to finish a book, not going to fix up that stuff in the basement. I’m just going to stay out in this.”

The weather was like an early Christmas gift for John from Fishtown who runs just about every day rain or shine, warm or frigid.

“It’s great not to put that winter coat on and my tights,” he said. “It just feels good to kind of open up and this is like spring weather. I wish it was like this all the time.”

Jana also runs nearly everyday. She looks forward to days like this because it brings more people out of the house.

“And you get to see other people and you get to socialize,” she said. “You get to wave and see people with their dogs and little kids in strollers and all that cute stuff.”

Jana said a little rain is a lot easier to tolerate than finger numbing temperatures.

But anyone who was hoping to spend the day skating at the Penn’s Landing RiverRink found a lot more river than rink.