Sun set to return after days of wet weather

AS TORRENTIAL rain puts a dampener on the town’s summer and causes misery for ice cream sellers, the sunshine coast is set to live up to its name and heat up this weekend.

The town has managed to escape the floods, which have hit other parts of the country, but it has still seen days of driving rain and some high winds.

Double the normal average amount of rain for June fell last month, and April was the wettest since records began more than a century ago.

The bad weather has also had an affect on businesses in the town with Fusciardi’s, the town’s Italian ice cream parlour on Eastbourne Seafront, reporting a significant drop in sales.

Marino Pesce, the owner of Fusciardi’s, said, “This weather has really affected my business because we are nothing but an ice cream parlour and the weather plays a massive part.

“There has been no-one on the seafront this summer and the evenings have been the worst. We have tables outside but they just haven’t been used at all this summer. Every evening there is a cold wind blowing.

“We were busier in March when there was a nice spell of weather, but since then it has been a real disaster.

“When you look out to the prom it just looks and feels like a winter’s day.”

Marino says he checks several weather websites each day to try and gauge how much ice cream he needs to make each morning.

The rain held off as the Olympic Torch came down the seafront on Tuesday (July 17) and Marino was busy for a short while. However, as the Olympic Flame reached Princes Park it had turned cool, misty and windy.

Marino said, “Every little helps, but the seafront was dead afterwards and that was because of the weather.

“However, we remain optimistic that better weather is on the way.”

The forecast for the weekend is looking up as the town’s school children start their six-week break.

Today (July 20) will see sunny spells and showers but Saturday should be dry with some sunshine, much lighter winds and highs of 18C.

Sunday is expected to be bright and sunny all day with highs of 19C.

And the sunshine is expected to continue in to next week, with temperatures getting up to 22C on Monday (July 23).