Ice cream, fan, hamburger and barbecue sales soar as heatwave is expected to peak today
Sales of fans, coolers, barbecues, cider and ice cream have skyrocketed as Ireland revel in a heat wave that has put parts of France and Italy in the shadows .
The reland is expected to be almost 6 ° C warmer than Biarritz, France, and Venice, Italy, today as the week-long heat wave peaks with temperatures forecast to reach 32 ° C.
The warm weather is a dream come true for vacationing families – with thousands of couples and families expected to take last-minute breaks to make the most of the record sunshine.
Many resorts are now fully booked for next week, with some caravan and mobile home parks having waiting lists for entry.
In Ardmore, Co Waterford, Round Tower Hotel manager Aidan Quirke said they were running at 100% capacity last weekend as holidaymakers soaked up the resort’s sunshine.
Similar booking levels have been reported at resorts in the counties of Wexford, Meath, Cork, Kerry, Galway and Mayo as the hospitality sector hit by the pandemic receives a significant boost for the first time in 17 months.
Scorching heat and humid nights can be uncomfortable, but they’ve sparked a boom for electrical retailers thanks to fans and cooler sales.
Harvey Norman, DID Electrical and Currys / PC World have reported increased sales of desktop fans and coolers since last Friday – many for people who work from home and need a more comfortable environment..
Sales of solar panels designed for caravans and mobile homes have also increased to provide a source of electrical power.
Irish Water said demand for drinking water increased by 25% in just over a week and urged people to conserve supplies as water source levels nationwide drop to an alarming rate.
No ordinance to ban garden hoses or to conserve water has yet been proposed by the authorities.
The heatwave is expected to end on Friday and with the arrival of Atlantic showers next week, this should ease pressure on water resources nationwide.
However, Irish Water has launched calls for water conservation in Cork, Wexford, Kerry and Donegal, given the remarkable increase in domestic use.
Restrictions on the use of water at night have also been implemented in parts of the Laois and Longford.
The heatwave has also sparked an increase in sales of barbecue grills and picnic sets – with some retailers even running out of charcoal as sales skyrocket.
Manufacturers of beverages like cider also benefited from increased sales as ice cream sales more than doubled In certain regions.
Other retailers have reported strong sales of burgers, hot dogs and hamburger buns – with some retailers running out of supplies.
Sales of burgers, fresh chicken and sausage in parts of Wexford, Waterford and Kerry have increased by more than half as people are making the most of their barbecues during the warmer conditions.
Sales of ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise are also reportedly up around 10%.
Retailers have noted an increase in sales of beach gear ranging from towels and swimwear to foldable chairs and inflatable pools for those who want to cool off in their back gardens.
Take-out food at some resorts indicated that activity had more than doubled.