- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) - The calendar read Dec. 24, but it felt like spring or even summer with record high temperatures dashing any dreams of a white Christmas.

T-shirts, shorts and surf boards were the order of the day on the beach in Manasquan Thursday, where more than 50 surfers took to the waves on a 72-degree Christmas Eve. Ryan Porter, a 22-year-old surfer from Brick, New Jersey, was delighted by the weather.

“There’s usually waves Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but it’s also 30 or 40 degrees,” he said. “This is a nice change.”

Record highs were set across New Jersey, including 72 degrees in Trenton and 71 in Atlantic City.

On the beach, 5-year-old Clare Tiedemann, of Jackson, was digging in the sand with the toy shovel and pail she had used six months ago during the summer.

“This weather is amazing,” said her mother, Denise Tiedemann, who brought her children to the beach before their Christmas Eve pace picked up.

“My husband is a Methodist pastor, so we’re usually very busy on Christmas Eve,” she said. “We just wanted to have some fun time and let them run around before it gets hectic.”

At a liquor store near the beach in Point Pleasant Beach, the front door was propped wide open and the air conditioning was cranking full blast inside as customers bought their holiday libations.

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