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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Springtime in January

Standing in line for a food truck doesn’t seem so bad when springlike temperatures arrive in January. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
With temperatures forecast to hover in the 60s for the next few days, Washingtonians are getting their first taste of spring — even though we seem to have skipped winter, to the tune of 1.7 inches of snow to date. Iced coffees are being purchased, hooky plans are being hatched (East Potomac Golf Course is open year-round, y’know) and office workers are staring out the window, waiting for the chance to frolic in the sunshine.

Let’s get one thing clear: There’s no eating at your desk allowed today. If you brown-bagged your lunch, you are hereby commanded to leave it in the office fridge for a less glorious day, or at least take it with you to one of these fabulous picnic spots. You can also check out one of our favorite food trucks, most of which will be scattered curbside across the city today.

Once 5 o’clock hits, grab a drink at one of these bars with outdoor seating. Because the only thing better than a margarita on the water at Cantina Marina is a margarita on the water at Cantina Marina ... in January. Update: As much as I want to pretend it’s already March, it’s not; as such, Cantina Marina remains closed for the season.Update 2: Cantina Marina WILL be open today from 3 to 8 p.m.

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