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Record high hit Thursday, more warm temperatures expected

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Joe Donehoo, 4, runs away from his friend Grace Hauge, 4, both of Norcross as she attempts to shoot him with her bubble gun at at the Jones Bridge Park in Norcross on Thursday. The children spent the day playing in the park with their families soaking in the sunshine.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Joe Donehoo, 4, runs away from his friend Grace Hauge, 4, both of Norcross as she attempts to shoot him with her bubble gun at at the Jones Bridge Park in Norcross on Thursday. The children spent the day playing in the park with their families soaking in the sunshine.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Jaci Soukhathivong, 15, a sophomore at Collins Hill High School, takes in the warm afternoon temperatures after today's school day.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Hold on just a second: Is it March or May?

Winter doesn't officially end for another few days, but don't tell Mother Nature. According to LawrencevilleWeather.com, the temperature hit a high of 84.7 degrees Thursday afternoon, shattering the previous record.

The National Weather Service lists a (now former) all-time high of 81 degrees in the Atlanta area on March 15, 1973.

Across the county, residents took to the outdoors to enjoy the meteorological anomaly. Martha Brand spent Thursday strolling around Lawrenceville's Rhodes Jordan Park with a friend. Ironically, she'll spend Friday at a St. Patrick's Day party.

Something isn't right here, she said.

"I think it's amazing," Brand said. "I called her up and said, 'It's a summer day, let's go for a walk in the park.'"

"Aren't we still in winter?" compatriot Victoria Bailey said with a smile. "That's not right."

Spring doesn't technically start until Tuesday. The forecast, however, calls for highs between 79 and 82 degrees for the final four days of "winter." Historically, high temperatures for this time of year stick around the mid-60s.

The National Weather Service recently announced that this winter has been the fourth-warmest on record in the United States, particularly in the east and north.

"I feel like it's the forerunner of a very hot summer," Brand said. "We may see a lot of '100 degrees' this summer."

Though it will remain warm, there's a decent chance of thunderstorms throughout the weekend.