Locals enjoying the record warmth at Bonita Lakes Thursday morning

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Cloudy skies Thursday morning didn’t scare away some locals from heading out into the great outdoors, taking advantage of the record warmth.

“I’m enjoying it! It’s long overdue after that cold spell that we had, it’s good to have weather like this,” says Mari Brunson. “I’ve been out [at Bonita Lakes] the past three days walking.”

“I’m loving it! I’m not sure how long it’s going to last but as long as the weather’s warm like it is now, I’ll probably be doing my walks out here at Bonita Lakes because I love the environment, it’s beautiful out here,” says Dr. Greg Watkins.

Temperatures hit records both Wednesday morning and afternoon all thanks to strong southerly flow of warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Even the increased humidity is not stopping some locals.

“I’m basically from the South, so when you’re in the South you get used to the heat and the humidity, so the humidity is okay for right now,” Watkins says. “We’ve got some overcast [skies] though and a good breeze blowing, so that kind of makes up for the high humidity.”

The warm weather will come to an abrupt end Thursday night when a cold front moves on through, but locals we spoke with don’t mind.

“It is what it is, but I’ve been out here when it’s 23 [degrees] and 28 [degrees], so you just make the best of it, put on more clothing, always dress appropriate, and just enjoy it,” Brunson says. “But you must come out an exercise, it’s good to get out of the house to enjoy the beauty of God’s work.”

“[The temperature drop] is a slide, that’s what I call it,” Watkins says. “You really don’t know what to expect from one day to the next or what have you, but when the weather gets real cold, then I’ll be at Bonita Lakes Mall, I’m a mall walker when it’s cold; when it’s warm, I’m out here at Bonita Lakes.”

Last year was Meridian’s warmest February on record, with an average temperature of 60.5 degrees.

The warmest high temperature ever recorded in February in Meridian was 86 degrees on February 22, 2018 and the warmest low temperature ever recorded in February in Meridian was 70 degrees on February 21, 2018.