Grand Island Residents Enjoy Record High Temperatures

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Grand Island, NE-- Before Sunday the record high temperature for Jan. 19 in Grand Island was 62 degrees, a 17-year-old record.

Now that record is 68 degrees, a temperature Nebraska last saw almost three months ago.

Grand Island residents haven't seen a high temperature of 68 degrees in January since Jan. 5, 2012.

"It's pretty nice, it's for sure one of the nicest days for a long time," said Anna McCoy.

Grace O'Keefe added, "Yea, it's different because it's usually kind of cold so..."

"Pretty cool," concluded McCoy.

The last time Grand Island saw weather warmer than this in January, it was Jan. 30, 2012, when it was 69 degrees

Pier Park had easily over 100 people enjoying the warmth, whether they were walking, biking, skating, or just spending time together.

Parents took the opportunity to get their kids outdoors on a day when they might normally be cooped up inside.

Grand Island resident Chris Nuncio said, "Like to mainly take her to the park, but if she has other ideas, we go else ware. Bowling or something, but why go inside when it is this nice."

"Doing pretty good, coming out here with the daughter spending some time outside with her, it's great to be able to do that. She likes feeding the ducks and swinging outside and going down the slides," said fellow Grand Island resident Dallas Collister.

Kids recognized the unseasonably warm temperatures and were taking advantage of it on their own.

"I like to play outside with neighborhood friends," said McCoy.

O'Keefe said, "Yeah, we do stuff outside and we clean up the lake sometimes."

"Yeah, we were cleaning up with sticks today," added McCoy.

"Yeah, with sticks and we got stuff out," finished O'Keefe.

Many locals made it a family affair, getting whole extended families together in Grand Island parks.

Nate Collister said, "Mainly just getting out and spending it with the family. We just went and had some lunch and now we just got the whole family out here, trying to enjoy the nice weather, huh Dylan?"

Dylan Collister replied, "Yeah."

One member of the Collister family said he was going to try to golf later Sunday. When he called the course, they said they have over 100 people golfing Sunday.

Hastings and Kearney saw high temperatures as well at 67 and 64, respectively.

Nuncio said up and down weather is nothing new to him.

He said, "It's Nebraska weather so nothing really surprises me anymore about it. Just another great day in Nebraska."