NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While high winds increased the fire danger across North Texas one noticeable benefit is that people are actually outside this Labor Day enjoying the long-awaited cooler temperatures.

Cooler weather meant parks and patios across North Texas were packed.

Pet owner Jim Miller likes to think the “dog days of summer” are finally over! “Thank God for a change. Fall is finally in the air!” he said.

Hundreds of people and their pets packed dog parks Monday morning where even the furriest of canines seemed to appreciate the cooler temperatures.

“They were ready to get out and go to the park,” dog owner Mike Terrell said of his pets.

For Jeff Bewley and his dogs it was anything goes. “[It’s a] beautiful day. Let my dogs run and just enjoy the weather.”

After an unbearable summer of triple digit heat, Christina Allen’s kids and her dog ‘Ginger’ were ready for fall. “It just got so hot the kids couldn’t go out and play so neither could Ginger. So they were all cooped up together and just restless,” Allen said.

Little Mia Swaim, 8, and her family spent part of Labor Day at Trinity Park in Fort Worth. They joined dozens of other kids who just seemed for a day off of school and out of the house.

“We came out to the park today because it’s a gorgeous day and we wanted to enjoy the cool weather,” said Mia’s mother, Monica Swaim.

Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails and white Rock Lake in Dallas were both popular places for cyclists and joggers.

Most business owners are glad for the cool off since it makes the idea of dining al fresco much more appealing. At the In-N-Out Burger in Fort Worth customers were mostly ‘out’ instead of ‘in’.

A couple of weeks ago Emily Salceda and Marissa Rios would have never considered eating lunch on the patio but Monday was a special treat.

“We’ve been looking forward to this weather all summer long basically!” Salceda said excitedly.

According to CBS 11 Storm Team Meteorologist Jeff Jamison, high temperatures on Monday will be in the mid-80s and overnight lows will dip into the 50s.