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PORTLAND -- Temperatures on Wednesday were the highest of the year so far in the metro area, as the sun brought welcome signs of spring.

We can't ask for a nicer late winter day in Portland than this, said KGWChief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino. The sky will remain clear Wednesday night, but a few clouds will drift in toward the next morning.

The previous warmest day of the year for 2014 was 62 degrees. Wednesday's temperatures surpassed 64.

At Wintler Park in Vancouver, the Columbia River was a sparkling blue and a few families had hit the beach, even though it was only 48 degrees out.

I'm sweating, laughed Nikki Curtiss of Vancouver. It's starting to get warm just sitting here in the sun.

Megan Maxwell of Ridgefield said the weather was a welcome relief.

I love it, Maxwell said. I love that we can be outside and take advantage of it. The kids can play and it just makes everyone's moods so much better.

Zaffino predicted that highs on Thursday will be a few degrees cooler, hovering around 60 degrees under partly sunny to mostly sunny skies.

Showers will likely return on Friday, Zaffino said, only to be followed by more sunshine and 60-degree weather for the weekend.

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It all adds up to good news for those looking to hold onto spring-like weather for a little longer.

If you're out and about, tag your springtime photos with #KGWweather and we'll feature them online.

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