CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Standing on a boat dock near the University of Charleston, Brian Bolyard threw a tennis ball into the Kanawha River.
"Ready? Go, go, go!" he called, and Gandy, one of his two dogs, sprung into action.
Within seconds, the 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever was yards into the water, paddling toward the prize.
On an unusually warm January day, Bolyard, of Charleston, took the opportunity to rid his furry friends of their cabin fever. There are not too many winter days when he gets to take Gandy and Maggie to the river.
"Usually the water's too cold and they won't get in," Bolyard said.
With a forecasted high temperature in the low 70s, Bolyard and his dogs weren't the only ones outside enjoying the weather. Boaters took to the Kanawha River while runners, walkers and bicyclists took to the walkways along the Kanawha Boulevard.
Friends Rob Thaw and Chuck Hamilton spent a couple of hours standup paddle boarding. Even with the blanket of cooler air that had settled on the river, Thaw dressed for the warmer weather, expecting a workout, he said.
Near record-level temperatures were expected for much of the region, according to the National Weather Service. By around 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Bluefield, Beckley and Morgantown had set new record high temperatures of 71, 69, and 67 respectively, meteorologist Nick Webb said.
In Charleston, temperatures were close but did not set new records, Webb said.
"(The record is) 74 in Charleston and we're currently 71," Webb said. "I think we may stop just short of that."