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Manhattanites Shed Clothes During Spring Heat Wave

By Mathew Katz | March 22, 2012 6:05pm | Updated on March 22, 2012 6:14pm

MANHATTAN — Bikini season came early this year.

Central Park turned into an impromptu game of bikini beach volleyball Thursday as Manhattanites flocked to parks to enjoy the unseasonably high temperatures, which got close to 80 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature in Central Park hit 78 degrees at 3:38 p.m. Thursday, the highest on record. The previous record on this date was 77 degrees in 1929 and 1938.

Temperatures broke records in other parts of the city as well — the National Weather Service recorded a high of 76 degrees at LaGuardia Airport at 3:12 p.m., breaking the previous record of 75 degrees in 1948.

The relatively sweltering weather will stick around on Friday, when AccuWeather predicts a high of 78 degrees.

But don't get your hopes up for a sunny weekend: Manhattan will see rain throughout the weekend, with a high of 63 degrees on Saturday and 54 degrees on Sunday.