Thursday 15 November 2018

Heatwave leads to 134pc increase in sales of ice-cream, and 50pc increase in burger and hot dog buns

Laoise Bunn (4) from Lecarrow, Co Roscommon, enjoys her ice cream
Laoise Bunn (4) from Lecarrow, Co Roscommon, enjoys her ice cream

Ian Begley

Ice-cream sellers triumphed during the three-week heatwave, with more than one million 99s sold across the country.

It's set to be the hottest summer since 1976 and the recent spell of good weather has seen sales of ice-cream mix for whipped cones increase by 134pc - with more than 600,000 more cones sold compared to last year, according to Musgrave MarketPlace.

Instant barbecues and charcoal sales have also increased by 26pc compared to the same period last year, while fresh burgers and chicken have increased 65pc and 15pc respectively.

Burger buns and hot dog buns are also up significantly, over 50pc, while condiments such as ketchup, vinegar and mustard have risen by 9pc.

Local children jump into Lake Corrib from Kilbeg Pier near Headford, Co. Galway during yesterdays heatwave.
Photo: Tony Gavin 27/6/2018
Local children jump into Lake Corrib from Kilbeg Pier near Headford, Co. Galway during yesterdays heatwave. Photo: Tony Gavin 27/6/2018

Ireland's hotel, food and drinks industries are also revelling in a heatwave bounce.

The near-record temperatures and sunshine have persuaded tens of thousands of Irish families and couples to enjoy a 'staycation' short break in Ireland.

The sunshine of the last few weeks won't be returning at the moment, however days are still expected to be a mixture of hazy sunny spells and cloudy periods.

Met Éireann says this weekend is set to bring a change in conditions, with temperatures returning to the mid-20s in parts of the country.

Enjoying the heatwave in Ballina and Killaloe Pic:Mark Condren
26.6.2018
Enjoying the heatwave in Ballina and Killaloe Pic:Mark Condren 26.6.2018

There will be rain "at times" in the north, north-west and south-west on Saturday, but there will be "very little rain elsewhere".

Temperatures are expected to range between 16C to 19C tomorrow in Atlantic coastal counties. The rest of the country is set to experience warm and humid weather, with temperatures ranging between low to mid-20s.

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