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Temps soar, but some feeling chill

With a few days of heat-killing rain coming up, we may have just seenthe best shot at summer that we’re going to get this year.

With a few days of heat-killing rain coming up, we may have just seen the best shot at summer that we’re going to get this year.

After four days of slowly building heat, the temperature rose above 30 C yesterday for only the third time in 2009.

A handful of city-run pools even stayed open until 11:45 Sunday night as we came within a degree of the hottest day of the year, which still stands as June 24 at 31.4 C.

But compared with 2005, these stats don’t look so hot. That year saw a remarkable 41 days of 30-degree weather, with a July 11 high of 35.5 C.

With that in mind, it’s easy to see why some heat-starved companies are sweating this summer. Here’s just a few that are feeling the chill:

• Corn farmers, who will see a $200 million loss in spoiled crops unless fall temperatures stay higher than normal.

“I need it to be frost-free until Thanksgiving,” said Don McCabe of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

• Pumpkin farmers, who are starting to worry that their crops won’t have the heat and sunshine required to mature in time for Thanksgiving and Halloween. “A lot of people are already starting to doubt the market,” said Paul Zammit of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

• Air conditioning sales are also down about 20 to 30 per cent, noted Alex Fedontchouk of Husky Heating. But “we’re selling more furnaces because of the government rebate.”

• “July was a really bad month for us,” according to Alex Siu-Chong of Wild Water Kingdom.

Though exact admission figures weren’t available, attendance is definitely down at the Brampton Vaughan-area water park, Siu-Chong said.

This past weekend was the first time this summer their parking lots were packed for two days straight — something that normally happens almost every weekend.

 
 
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