Businesses feel the heat from April's hot spell

Businesses feel the heat from April's hot spell

SINGAPORE - A restaurant set inside a greenhouse has realised a design flaw during the current heatwave.

The Brussels Sprouts outlet at the East Coast is one of many restaurants battling to keep business going as temperatures hit the mid-30s.

"The heat is uninviting to many potential customers," said manager Regemelec Angeles.

"We had to put up banners to block out the sunlight and install mobile cooling units to keep the place cool."

Temperatures in Singapore rose to 34.9 deg C on Thursday last week. In contrast, the highest temperature recorded in the month of April last year was 32.9 deg C, according to Meteorological Service Singapore. Other restaurants, such as those with alfresco dining areas, have also been under the weather.

"Business definitely dropped last week with the weather. The hot temperatures chased the customers away," said a spokesman for Shiraz Mazzeh in Orchard, which sells kebabs from an outdoor stall.

The hot spells have been punctuated with thunderstorms, something that outdoor businesses are also worried about.

"We saw a drop in business of about 5 to 10 per cent, but it's also because of the heavy rain lately," said assistant outlet manager Zerlie Reyes, 25, of the alfresco Coffee Club outlet next to Somerset 313.

"Business has been down 15 to 20 per cent this year," said Mr Dave Lim, manager of Cycle Max, a bicycle rental shop in East Coast Park. "Both the rain and the heat have contributed to this as people are not stepping out of their houses."

Sport has also been affected.

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