It may have been the warmest winter since records began, but pool companies should be prepared for a wet and windy summer season ahead if scientists are to be believed. AccuWeather reports bouts of rain will suppress heat in the UK and Ireland this summer, with the heaviest falls expected in Northern Ireland, western Scotland and northwest England.
Frontal boundaries are expected to sweep through the country, ending any warmth and resulting in seasonable temperatures for much of the summer months. Unfortunately, these fronts may also bring occasional thunderstorms with downpours, lightning and hail.
“After a wet start to 2016, the unsettled weather will continue into the summer months, which means there could be enhanced localised flooding, especially in areas that are trying to still clean up from the floods in early winter,” commented AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
The heatwave we experienced at the beginning of May put a spring in the step of many pool companies who are enjoying a busy start to the season. Service and maintenance businesses in the residential pool sector are hard pressed to cope with demand as pool owners rush to get their pools up and running and many companies say they are delighted with numbers of new build enquiries.
“We’re manic at the moment,” reveals a spokesperson for Aqua Platinum Projects. “We’re busier now than we were at the same period last year. In particular we’ve seen a big increase in the number of residential new builds in Central London, mainly for high-end property developers.”
Falcon Pools of Surrey are also enjoying a busy start to the season. “This time of year is always hectic for us as everybody wants to get their pools up and running for summer,” comments Ian Storr of Falcon Pools. “We’re busy right across the board, but the maintenance side of the business is particularly demanding.”