Businesses that run hot when temperatures soar result in huge summer spending


Shops and supermarkets are reporting booming sales as soaring temperatures have shoppers gorging on barbecues, sunscreen and patio furniture.

Drangers, burger buns and chicken drumsticks are flying off the shelves, and people too are eager for new patio furniture to make the most of the mild weather.

It comes as scorching temperatures are set to continue for most of the week, with mercury expected to hit the high 20s again over the weekend.

Dublin basked in warm sunshine yesterday on the hottest day of the year as temperatures soared to a sizzling 27.7C in Phoenix Park – the hottest spot in the country.

Dublin Airport followed close behind at 27.2C.

Grange in Co Meath was the third warmest temperature at 25.7C while Oak Park in Co Carlow recorded 25.6C, according to the Met Éireann.

Meteorologist Eimear Flood warned that next weekend could be the hottest day of the year so far, as temperatures are expected to rise to nearly 30C on Sunday.

Meanwhile, supermarkets are reporting a barbecue party.

Lidl said sales of its summer range rose by 40 units last week.

Top-selling items included quarter-pounders of Irish Angus beef, chicken thighs and drumsticks, family-size deli-style coleslaw and brioche burger buns.

The garden sofa set also proved to be in high demand.

Lidl also saw its lawn mower sales increase as its cordless lawn mower was almost completely sold out. For those who go to the beach, their aqua shoes are also sold out now.

Laura Shaw, owner of the Longford Garden Centre, also reported that business has been booming and people have been investing heavily in their gardens since the pandemic.

She said: “Covid has been a great time for people to actually educate themselves about the garden and people know a lot more about their gardens now than they did two years ago and you can just see that in the demand.”

Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland President Jack Molloy said his shop in Waterford had been a lot busier since the weather improved last week.

“We were now more busy with the good weather. Right now, people are big on grilling,” he said.

“Over the next few weeks you will see that business remains pretty solid, people are grilling more now.

“It’s peak barbecue season now and with the weather over the last week you’ll already be seeing a shot of barbecue favourites.”

Aldi is also bracing for the hot weather and is ready to launch a jumbo paddling pool (€19.99) and a 10ft Quick Up inflatable pool (€44.99) in stores from Thursday. A badminton set with a standing net (€29.99) will also be available this week.

Meanwhile, the Lloyd’s Pharmacy chain saw sales of sunscreen and allergy medicine increase.

Sunscreen sales are up 14 percent year-on-year, while allergy medicines, including antihistamines, are up 14 percent year-on-year

Éireann-based meteorologist Eimear Flood said the good weather will continue into next weekend.

While there will be a noticeable drop in temperature today and tomorrow – with daily highs between 17C and 23C – temperatures are set to improve again by the end of the week when a high pressure system is expected.

Temperatures are expected to rise into the low to mid 20s by Friday and will rise even higher into the mid to high 20s on Saturday and Sunday.

“The hottest day of the year could be challenged again next weekend as temperatures hit a high 20 degrees in the south-east of the country on Sunday,” Ms Flood said. Businesses that run hot when temperatures soar result in huge summer spending

Fry Electronics Team

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