Warmth bathes Philadelphia region after harsh cold

All of the players wore shorts in a pick-up basketball game at Washington Lake Park in Washington Township on Sunday.
All of the players wore shorts in a pick-up basketball game at Washington Lake Park in Washington Township on Sunday. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 24, 2014

Trading beat-up winter coats for shorts and T-shirts, people released from winter's grip poured into parks and streets across the region Saturday like bears awakening from hibernation.

Temperatures soared into the upper 50s after a Friday that hit 63 as the city was bathed in sunlight.

For folks in the region, it marked a well-deserved break from the third-snowiest winter - 58.4 inches so far - in Philadelphia history.

On the street, smiles replaced a sense of collective defeat brought on by the season's seemingly never-ending barrage of storms.

Nick Padilla, 44, of Philadelphia, went shirtless in Washington Square Park, meditating across from a grassy area still muddy from melting ice.

"I'm here as an emissary to welcome spring to Philadelphia," he said, sporting jeans and a beanie. "With my whole body."

Perhaps the good-weather luck came from Brittany Banash, 31, and her friend, who were visiting from Austin, Texas. They arrived Saturday morning.

"We brought the good weather with us," she said. "It's beautiful."

Elsewhere in the city, the sounds of drums and one-hit wonders sprouted like dandelions on a warm spring day.

In the plaza next to the Municipal Services Building in Center City, a young couple danced hand in hand to the '80s Richard Marx hit "Right Here Waiting." Nearby, teenagers and young adults skateboarded, grinding across the giant game pieces - dominoes, blue bingo chips - that line the plaza.

The forecast for Sunday looks almost as glorious, albeit with more clouds, as temperatures are forecast to reach the 50s.

But the party ends Sunday night, when a storm is expected to drop rain and a dusting of snow on the region. Another dose of snow is expected Tuesday night, although forecasters said it was too early to predict how much. Regardless, temperatures won't climb out of the 30s most of next week, as the polar vortex makes a return.

Time to hibernate again.


mboren@phillynews.com

856-779-3829 @borenmc

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