Thursday was the warmest day of 2014 so far in Whatcom County, and it was the hottest May 1 on record for the area.
The official thermometer at Bellingham International Airport hit 78 degrees Thursday afternoon, breaking the old record of 74 degrees, reached in both 2004 and 1991, according to the National Weather Service.
Inland temperatures were even higher, with places such as Lynden breaking into the 80s.
Wednesday also was unseasonably warm, but the high of 75 fell a degree short of the April 30 record.
The sunny skies brought out shorts, sunbathers and, as some joked on Twitter, sandals without socks. Local parks, especially those along the water, were full of people playing, walking or just basking in what seemed like a mid-summer day.
Restaurants with outdoor seating experienced a two-day boon as people enjoyed drinks or dinner in short-sleeve weather.
The preview of summer is to be short-lived, with more soggy spring weather in store for the weekend. Clouds are expected to move in during the day Friday, with temperatures topping out in the mid- to high 60s. Rain is expected starting Friday night and through the weekend.