Many take advantage of Bakersfield's warm Christmas day temps

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--- While people in Illinois enjoyed a white Christmas and kids frolicked in the snow, youngsters in Bakersfield did some of their own antics at the skate park at Beach Park.

The temperature hit a high of 71 degrees on Christmas day in Bakersfield which is 16 degrees above normal according to the National Weather Service. The record high is 76 degrees reached in 1902.

Plenty of people took advantage of the warmer than usual weather. Orange grower John Gless and his two children, Maggie and Charlie were out on the bike trail. Normally, December gives him reason to worry about his fruit.

"This is a lot better than it was a few weeks ago," said Gless. "Being an orange grower we went through some pretty tough times," said Gless.

Others made it a family affair. The Quezada family of Bakersfield was out playing kickball at Beach Park. It's become a tradition of sorts on Christmas day.

"Everybody has different schedules and we all work, it makes it hard to get everybody together," said Rachel Quezada. "The best time is during the holidays and we started doing this so all the family gets to enjoy each other and spend time together."

Kern County wasn't the only place enjoying the warm weather. In Los Angeles, crowds hit the beaches as temperatures there hit the 80's.

But some see the warmer temperatures as a possible sign of trouble ahead for California.

"On one hand, it's really nice. On the other hand, it's kind of scary because we need the rain," said Tome Rhyne of Visalia. "We take this for granted, but if there's no water, there's no food."