Cool weather puts a chill on businesses
City on track for chilliest summer since 2009
Business, like the mercury, is down this summer for many Toronto businesses that rely on warm weather.
This summer — which is shaping up to be the city’s coolest since 2009 — has yet to see a single heat alert. By this time last year, the city had issued five, plus another six extreme heat alerts.
That’s bad news if you repair air conditioners for a living.
"Right now you're looking at an average of three or four calls a day, compared to six or seven," said Matthew Bagazzoli of Dupont Heating and Air Conditioning.
Business is also slow on the beach, says paddle board instructor Jennifer Philbrook. She says business is down between 50 and 75 per cent from last year.
"People are fair weather … they want to go out when the weather is nice, so people are not as keen to do it," Philbrook said.
But there's an upside. Electricity consumption is down five per cent, which should mean smaller bills according to Toronto Hydro.
And for the first time in at least a decade, a summer in Toronto has seen no smog alerts.
From a report by the CBC's Philip Lee-Shanok