Nova Scotia

Hot U.S. tourists flocking to N.S.'s cool shores

Record-breaking temperatures in the United States are driving tourists to Nova Scotia's cool coasts.
Every summer tourists from all over the world visit Halifax's waterfront, but this year many American tourists are trying to escape extreme summer temperatures (CBC)

Record-breaking temperatures in the United States are driving tourists to Nova Scotia's cool coasts.

Every summer tourists from all over the world visit Halifax's waterfront, but this year many American tourists are trying to escape extreme summer temperatures.

Data released by the National Drought Mitigation Center shows that almost two-thirds of the continental United States is experiencing moderate drought or worse.

And the National Climatic Data Center's latest report says the U.S. has "the largest moderate to extreme drought area since the 1950s."

In Pittsburgh, Pa., it's been so hot that Kitty Kelly has to leave the air conditioning on all day and night.

"You cannot breathe, it is just so humid and hot and stifling, it's just oppressive," she said.

Kelly is now vacationing in Halifax.

"It's wonderful up here, it's just so pleasant and breezy and it's nice to actually need a jacket."

Waterfront visitors Alan and Claire Chomiak haven't been home to New Jersey in two months.

"It's very hot down there and rainy, I guess, and stormy. This is a big change from that," said Alan.

The average temperature around Halifax in the last week of July has been just over 21 degrees, a lot cooler than places like Charleston South Carolina where it felt over 40 degrees with the humidity last week.

Besides the sea breeze, Kelly says Nova Scotia has other draw for American tourists.

"Everyone in Nova Scotia, maybe it's because you're in the tourist business, but everyone seems so lovely and pleasant."

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