"Sunny and unseasonably warm," the National Weather Service said.
But no one needed to tell Orange County residents that on Sunday. Just by looking out their windows, they could see cloudless blue skies and a bright, warm sun.
And like migrating mammals, thousands of people headed for the beaches. By 10 a.m., Huntington City Beach had an unusually large crowd for this time of year. Normally, March beachgoers are mostly wet-suited surfboard riders or clusters of warmly dressed pedestrians on the pier. But on Sunday, when temperatures rose to the high 60s along Orange County beaches, about 25,000 came to Huntington City Beach, said Lifeguard Sgt. John Barth. "Weather like this is not an everyday occurrence," he said.
"The water's still pretty cold--57 degrees--so we didn't have many swimmers, but the beach itself was pretty crowded."
San Clemente reported beach temperatures in the 60s Sunday, "It fluctuated from 62 to 68 degrees," varying with the coastal fog, said Marine Safety Officer Steve Lashbrook. "There was a real, real heavy crowd at the beach today. With anticipation of Easter, and with such good weather, I'd say this was a normal reaction."