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Springtime in December?

Strange weather

On Monday afternoon, as light rains fall, the blooms on a cherry tree near Hurley Park in Salisbury show off their spring colors as the temperature stays unseasonably warm. Jon C. Lakey/Salisbury Post

On Monday afternoon, as light rains fall, the blooms on a cherry tree near Hurley Park in Salisbury show off their spring colors as the temperature stays unseasonably warm. Jon C. Lakey/Salisbury Post

As seen in this photo submitted by Chipper Thomas, water temperatures near 68 degrees on High Rock Lake on Christmas Day prompted Scott Thomas and Seth Thomas to put on a show. Scott Thomas, dressed as a Santa Claus, drove a boat while pulling Shawn dressed as a grinch near Bringle Ferry Road.

As seen in this photo submitted by Chipper Thomas, water temperatures near 68 degrees on High Rock Lake on Christmas Day prompted Scott Thomas and Seth Thomas to put on a show. Scott Thomas, dressed as a Santa Claus, drove a boat while pulling Shawn dressed as a grinch near Bringle Ferry Road.

While the unseasonably high mercury this month has been a welcome sight for some — those who favor lower heating bills over a white Christmas, for example, or who celebrated the holiday with water-skiiing — the weather seems to have confused some of the local flora.

For example, Post photographer Jon Lakey found  cherry tree blooming in the park on Monday’s rainy and warm afternoon. He also found a maple tree holding on to its green leaves long after they should be gone.

Neither may last, though. After a predicted high today of around 70 — maybe a couple degrees higher — forecasters say temperatures will decline throughout the week until we’re back down around 50 for a daytime high with nighttime lows in the 20s. And while we try to sympathize with those who would rather wear short sleeves than heavy coats, that is more like it for this time of year.

Wonder if we’ll see Baby New Year out on the water — for a polar plunge, maybe?

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