NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With students on spring break, it worked perfectly for everyone. Thousands upon thousands of families headed for the parks and even the beaches.
At Sunken Meadow State Park in Suffolk County, youngsters squealed in delight on playground equipment as parents basked in the sunshine overlooking the Long Island Sound.
“How can you put a word on perfection?” said Lauren O’Donoghue of Centerport, Suffolk County. “Everything is beautiful, and there’s a great breeze coming off the water. It feels like air conditioning. It’s perfect.”
Bicycles filled the boardwalk overlooking the beach, and on the sand below, footballs and volleyballs flew – featuring some pretty darn good moves.
With clear skies above, some even worked on their tans. Marilyn Walsh is still marveling at the abrupt and welcome weather change.
“We just, we had snow on our front lawn up until about two weeks ago or a week ago,” said Walsh, also of Centerport. “It just — as much as it rained, it didn’t go away.”
But the snow has gone bye-bye at last, and many are happy to put on their sunglasses once more. Judi Senn of Holtsville is already planning a big fashion change.
“We’re going to just have open-toed shoes from here on in; pedicures, and no more boots or closed-toe shoes,” she said.
And with the soaring temperatures, O’Donoguhe had her own word for this time of the year.
“It’s springer – it’s that middle in between that Long Island is used to now; a little bit somewhere in the middle,” she said.
Sunken Meadow State Park is the third most popular state par on Long Island, following Jones Beach and Robert Moses.
People were also enjoying the weather at the Sheep Meadow in Central Park, and at other places all around the Tri-State Area.
“It’s great,” one man told CBS2’s Magdalena Doris. “It’s not 30 or 40.”
“The first mild morning I’ve been able to get out in shorts,” said another jogger.
“The sun revitalizes you,” another man who was exercising ouside in Leonia told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.
But it won’t last for long.
As of 5 p.m., a front sat off to the west, northeast of the Tennessee Valley. The low on Tuesday night was expected to drop only down to 60 degrees with an isolated shower chance north and west.
Forecasters are calling for rain a shower in the morning on Wednesday with highs around 72. Thursday will be mostly sunny and cooler with highs in the 60s.