Beaches, parks more crowded as summer gets off to early start

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Toni Yates is live at Seaside Park with the details.

Memorial Day weekend is usually considered the unofficial kickoff to summer, but a stretch of days in the 80s has many getting an early start.

Beaches and parks were more crowded than usual across the Tri-State area as highs soared to near 90 degrees.

At the Jersey Shore, residents and business owners alike are gearing up for a weekend of spectacular weather that is expected to bring thousands flocking for fun in the sun.

The water may still be cold, but kids packed the sands of Orchard Beach in the Bronx, where a ceremonial opening was held ahead of the holiday weekend.

New York City's beaches will officially open on Saturday, May 28, with lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend.

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Meteorologist Amy Freeze takes a look at the ceremonial opening of Orchard Beach.

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