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.