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Tasmanians swap slippers for ice cream as winter warms up

By Lauren Day, Thursday August 8, 2013 - 13:15 EST
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Ice cream sales were up 10 per cent. - ABC

Ice cream sales are up and ugg boot sales down in Tasmania this winter, with Hobart recording its hottest July on record.

More than 50 weather records were broken last month.

Liawenee recorded its lowest temperature at minus 12 degrees but forecaster Simon McCulloch says it has been a mixed bag.

"Somewhere like Ross for example had a record high maximum temperature in July and a record low minimum temperature down to minus 6.6 earlier in the month as well," he said.

Generally, across the state, it's been warmer, wetter and windier."

Ice cream seller Anthony Jones says sales are up 10 per cent.

"People will be sitting there...with their beannies on and their scarves and still be sitting outside, eating ice cream and enjoying it," he said.

He would like to see more warm weather to sweeten business in otherwise bitter economic times.

"Lots of warm, dry weather would be really good for our business."

But it has been bad news for ugg boot sellers like Chloe Xu.

"We're 5 per cent down on last year but considering the economic climate, it's pretty good," she said.

The winter warmers could be gathering dust for a while, according to the Weather Bureau's Simon McCulloch.

"For the next three months, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be higher than average," he said.

"But there's no strong signal for rainfall so expect average rainfall amounts for the next three months."


- ABC

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