People are taking advantage of the spring weather

By Beau Ebenezer

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Saturday afternoon, temperatures reached a high of around 70 degrees, finally giving residents in the Heart of Illinois a taste of spring weather.

In Peoria, it seemed many families had the same idea, when it came to how they should spend their warm Saturday.

"It was our first trip this year. It was just a nice day to get out and we thought we'd bring the girls to see the animals," said East Peoria resident, Julie Chadwick.

Peoria Zoo officials said they were happy with a big turnout this weekend due to the warm weather.

"We saw those hogs, and we saw lions," said Peoria resident, Vicki Ellis. "But it's nice. We love getting out and our grandchildren love playing. I love to get out and spend as much time with them as possible."

Meanwhile, others were trying to take advantage of the weather by getting their swing on.

However the weather was not quite what they had hoped for.

It was opening day on the green at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria, and the wind did not put anyone's game where they wanted it to be.

"There's a lot of great sunshine and it's warm, but the wind, you just have to deal with it," said Peoria resident, John Wrobb. "I quit after nine holes. It was just too much wind."

Gusts reached about 50 miles per hour in Peoria, which threw off the swing for many golfers.

However, most did not let that put a damper on their day.

It's very nice to wear shorts and a short sleeved shirt and not worry about the wind making you colder," said Peoria resident, Mike Freeman. "Wind is better than rain, but it still makes it difficult to play. It's still better than rain."

Despite the windy conditions, many Peoria residents decided to play through the weather, on the warmest day of the year, so far.

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