Warm weather to end the week
The calendar says fall, but it felt like summer Wednesday in Berks County.
The thermometer topped 80 degrees, and the summer-like stretch gave a last-minute boost to some businesses.
Scoupe de Ville, a 50's themed ice cream parlor in Gibraltar, has been serving up your favorite flavors for 13 seasons, and mother nature put people back in the mood for ice cream.
"The ice cream business is definitely weather related, and this is the best possible thing we could ask for in the month of October," said Sandy Paris, who owns the shop.
This time of year sales normally drop off dramatically, but the warmer temperatures provided another scoop of business before the parlor closes for the season.
"When it starts to cool down less people come in, and when the weather is warm, it brings people out," said Doug Paris, who also runs the ice cream shop.
This is the weather some farmers have been hoping for. Dean Hoffman, of Maidencreek Township, said it is ideal for making hay and harvesting.
"The corn is drying down, the beans are drying down and the pumpkins look great because they're not all muddy from the rain," said Hoffman, who owns Hoffman's Produce.
The weather may be beautiful, but it's not all good news. Fall is usually a great time for planting, but so far officials said the soil is dry, which is not good for new plants.
"With no rain for two weeks in a row and very low humidity, it can really dry out new plants," said Nancy Bosold, who works for the Penn State Cooperative Extension.
The lack of rainfall is what has some fire officials very concerned, and they said the conditions could get dangerous. A burn ban is looming in Exeter Township. So while some people hope the summer-like sunshine sticks around, others are praying for rain.
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