Blazing sunshine brilliant for business

Cumbria is attributing a boom in business to the heatwave sweeping across the county

IT’S hot, some might even say it’s too hot, and businesses across Cumbria are expressing their delight at the blistering sunshine beating down on the county. The beautiful weather is here to stay, at least until the weekend, and temperatures reached as high as 30 degrees in Barrow on Tuesday.

Businesses in Cumbria are attributing the weather to an increase in sales as more people venture outside to enjoy the summer sun. Stuart Higginson, of Higginson’s Butchers in Grange, said: “Well the weathers been great and it’s been like this for the last couple of weeks. “The football’s been on and the sun’s been shining so people are definitely more in the mood for barbecuing and Al Fresco dining.

“The weather has definitely been great for trade.” Cumbrians in their droves are heading outside to top up their tans and enjoy the heat while it lasts. The current heatwave is not just perfect for barbecuing, the beach is a popular hot-spot when the weather is like this as well.

Roy’s Ices, an ice cream truck based in Bardsea are also experiencing a surge in popularity as visitors and locals head to the sea. Lucy Camaish, 42, of Roy’s Ices, said: “We’ve been very busy, we’re always quite popular but the weather brings more people down to the beach which is good for us. “We have up to four staff working when the weekend and holidays hit and the weather definitely plays a part in the amount of customers we get.”

The sun has been great for businesses around Cumbria and as the school holidays keep approaching Miss Camaish said she thinks it will only get busier.

The weather is showing no signs of cooling off so make sure to top up your sun cream and stay hydrated if you’re out under the sun.

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