By Karina Moxon
Tourism in Cornwall has seen a massive boom thanks to the recent surge of hot weather.
Temperatures reached a maximum of 24⁰C today, according to the Met Office, with it increasing to highs of 26⁰C tomorrow.
And Tourist Information Centres (TIC) across Cornwall have said this hot weather in coastal areas has caused tourism to thrive.
Bude TIC said their visitor numbers for July 1-8 were up 17 per cent on last year.
Compared to the previous week’s figures, these increasing percentages are almost certainly said to be due to the weather, the centre added.
A spokesperson for Bude’s TIC said: “This is the best start to July we have had in many years!”
And in Newquay this change in weather means people who live nearby are prone to go on spur-of-the-moment weekend trips, as well as those who travel from further up the country.
However, while Padstow finds itself a steadily busy town all year round, Padstow TIC said the recent weather has caused more people to visit coastal paths and beaches elsewhere, rather than the shops.
Chairman of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, said: “We hope the weather is an indicator of what is to come.
“When the weather is nice it makes you feel better. People think they’re getting a better value for money as they’re more content.
“If the weather is bad, people will spend the same amount of money but they’ll feel like they haven’t got the same value.”
There is hope that these high temperatures will continue into the main summer season to encourage many last-minute bookings.
“If more people visit Cornwall, it will attract trade and many businesses will benefit.”