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Summer's sizzle to return

Businesses gear up for heavy traffic from fun-seekers

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A maintenance worker adjusts sprinklers on the 18th hole of the Kildonan Golf Course Thursday morning. The fairways will be busy in coming days.

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A maintenance worker adjusts sprinklers on the 18th hole of the Kildonan Golf Course Thursday morning. The fairways will be busy in coming days. Photo Store

The weather has been a bit chilly during the past couple of weeks but Winnipeggers will be grabbing their sunscreen and heading to the beaches this weekend as temperatures are expected to top 30 C.

With temperatures skyrocketing during the next few days, Meagan Parisian, a worker at the Esso on Traverse Bay Corner off Highway 59, expects business to be steady.

"In the summer we're running around like crazy, I'm not even kidding," said Parisian. "There are lines up and down the aisles in the store."

On a typical long weekend, the convenience store north of Winnipeg will see up to 500 customers a day. The Esso is expecting a similar turnout this weekend.

"People want their coolers and refreshments," Parisian said. "We're constantly going, we're swamped with locals, cottagers and people who are going camping."

Temperatures last reached 30 C at the beginning of summer on June 25 and again July 2.

The average high in the Winnipeg area in mid-August is 25 C and the average low is 12 C

Eva Hanson, a beverage-cart server, is also getting ready to stock up her cart with cold beverages at the Grand Pines Golf Club, near Grand and Victoria beaches.

"It's been up and down this summer," said the 20-year-old. "When the weather is nice, we're pretty steady."

On average, Hanson will take up to 20 trips serving golfers around the course.

Hanson has been making fewer rounds due to cool weather over the past few weeks.

But poor weather hasn't stopped many golfers from going out and hitting a few balls.

"There are some people who would play in any kind of weather," said Bob MacCallum, a pro shop staff member. "They'll play in the rain and come in soaked. If there's thunder and lighting we have to tell them to get off the course. They're like ducks."

Joyce Powers, owner of the Moonlight Inn at Victoria Beach, expects to see a big turnout this weekend. Powers noticed business was a bit slow during the past few weeks.

"It's had its moments, we've been down a little but not by much," she said. "People are hungry and that's what we're here for."

elizabeth.fraser@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2013 B1

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