Updated 04/16/2012 05:49 PM
Weather conditions lead to warnings from fire officials
A beautiful day across the Capital Region as temperatures climbed well above any averages for the month of April. Fire officials are warning people to be cautious while enjoying the summer like weather. Beth Croughan has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Seven-year-old Alexis Coffee chose ice cream without a cherry.
"Chocolate twist," she said of her choice.
But Kurver Kreme was her mom's choice on this warm April day. It was a popular idea to stay cool as a line continued to grow during the afternoon.
"It's getting a little hot for me. I don't like it too hot, especially this early in the year," said Carol Tymann of Albany who was enjoying ice cream with her mother.
Although March was the warmest on record, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said April 16th is early for 80 degrees temperatures.
"The record high for today is 89 and should we hit 90 today, it would be the earliest 90 degree day ever in Albany," explained Steve DiRienzo of the National Weather Service.
While the current conditions were welcomed by some people, including Erik Nix of Albany…
"I just want to take advantage of it, get outside as much as I can," he said of why he was in Washington Park.
…They are causing concern in the Capital Region.
"It's dry today and we are worried. We do have some Red Flag Warnings for fire spreading conditions," said DiRienzo.
Fire officials, like John D'Alessandro of the Halfmoon Fire Department, reminded people of the ban on outdoor burning.
"They see things starting to green up and what they don't realize is that underneath, there's a lot of debris that's dry from last year, leaves, twigs, grass," D'Alessandro explained. "And the slightest little spark from an open burn or frankly, even starting your car on a grassy area, could set the place on fire."