Fishing, Swimming & More Record High Temps

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It's not unusual to see anglers going ice fishing in March, but it is strange to see them in boats trying to catch the big one.

The boat launches in Chaumont and Three Mile Bay were busy Thursday.

Not only that, the fish are biting too. 

"It's weird, never been in a boat this time of year," said Jim Hough of LaFargeville.

If that's not strange enough, Sarah Smith was spotted swimming in Lake Bonaparte on March 21. 

She says it was a little chilly, but not too bad! 

(Thanks to Emmy Lou Calhoun for sending the picture our way.)

All of these odd occurences are happening during an unusually warm stretch of weather.

The National Weather Service said the north country hit yet another record high Thursday - that's the sixth record in six days.

The temperature hit 70 at the Watertown International Airport and 76 in Massena.

The previous record for both communities was 66 degrees in 1953.

The normal temperature for March 22 is 43 degrees.

7 News weathercaster John Kubis says the streak of records might end Friday as temperatures are supposed to top off in the 60s rather than 70s.

This weekend, he forecasts highs in the 50s, which is still well above the normal temperature for this time of year.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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