Heat wave making New Jersey feel like Florida for the holiday

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Who needs to fly south for the winter?

Record high temperatures in New Jersey may have some residents feeling like they can visit the tropics just by staying put.

Temperatures had already hit 70 degrees in some areas by Thursday morning. They were expected to rise into the mid-70s during the day.

Atlantic City and Trenton are poised to break existing heat records for December 24 by at least 10 degrees.

The down side: the National Weather Service says the balmy weather is bringing winds, showers and even thunderstorms that could last through the weekend.