The balmy summer-like weather of mid-April was the meteorological honey that drew swarms of beachgoers to the honey-colored strand of beach at Greenwich Point Monday.
The parking lots and beach looked as though it was a June weekend. By 2 p.m., 1,115 cars and 1,618 visitors passed by the gatehouse, according to William "Grant" Squire, who spent the afternoon checking whether visitors were secreting dogs in their vehicles.
Squire, who's starting his seventh season as a gatekeeper, said the unusual rush at the gate was due to "the weather and because people don't need beach passes. They're taking advantage of it and I don't blame them."
Visitors do not need Greenwich beach passes or parking permits until May 31. However, dogs were banned from the beach March 31.
Sun worshipers weren't the only ones at the Point. Joggers, rollerbladers, cyclists and kayakers availed themselves of warm weather.
Gerda and Karl Mayer-Wittman caught a few eyes with their four-wheeled bicycle, replete with a green-and-white striped awning. The couple said they've been bicycling together for 30 years—the last 10 on the four-wheeler after giving up their tandem.
They packed a lunch to knosh while parked by the chimes tower near the Old Greenwich Yacht Club. The couple said they aren't just warm weather cyclists—they enjoy Greenwich Point on their bike year-round.
Toddlers were drawn to the ebbing tide, despite a water temperature of 54.7 degrees, as recorded by the UConn Western Long Island Sound station off the Greenwich coast.
The water temperatures should improve throughout the week as the warm weather trend continues—albeit not quite as warm as the mid-80s of Monday. The National Weather Service predicts the earliest chance of rain maybe Saturday, so the fire weather watch continues throughout the region.
Here's this week's forecast:
- Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind between 13 and 17 mph.
- Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. North wind around 10 mph.
- Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind between 6 and 10 mph.
- Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.
- Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
- Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
- Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.