Many Mid-State residents are taking advantage of the warm temperatures that have settled in the Nashville and surrounding areas in recent days. According to Nashville's News 2 meteorologist Justin Bruce, 2012 has been the sixth warmest winter on record in the past 100 years. "Typically this time [of year the], middle of March, Nashville would have a high around 60 degrees," he explained. The National Weather Service also reports that the warmer temperatures thus far this year is due to La Nina. Despite it being rare for high temperatures to reach the 80s in March, it is not unheard of as the Mid-State typically sees a mild winter every three to five years. "It happens, but when you are this warm this early it does get people's attention," Bruce said.On Wednesday, Nashville's News 2 spoke with Nashvillians who were taking advantage of the spring temperatures by spending time at Centennial Park. "It is awesome. It is great to be outside this early in the year getting to enjoy the outdoors," Mark Evilsizor said. Park-goer Lisa Smith added, "This is beautiful weather this time of the year. Compared to last year, I mean it is really wonderful." Even with the early spring temperatures and warm winter temperatures, Bruce said it does not necessarily mean the Volunteer State will have a hot summer. "Weather just doesn't work that way. It is a little more complex," he said.Bruce said he expects the warm weather pattern to continue for a large part of the country for the next several weeks.Check the latest forecast and radar conditions at WKRN.COM/Weather. Read the latest blog post at NashvilleWX.com.