Warm winter weather spikes pool businesses

National Weather Service declares 2012 warmest year on record

By Julie Broughton - Anchor

The National Weather Service declared 2012 the warmest year on record on Tuesday and Central Florida is enjoying a heat wave of its own.

Afternoon highs are running about 10 degrees warmer than normal, and for some businesses, that means an increase in customers.

Peter DeGregory owns Professional Pool Care. He tells Local 6 this is typically a slow time of year for weekly maintenance. However, with the warm weather, calls are up.

He says water temperatures right now are hovering around 64 degrees, when an average January reading is in the 50s.

"It does eat up your chemicals and you will have to be more vigilant checking the chemistry, brushing the side of the pool and making sure algae doesn't cling to the walls," DeGregory said.

And if you plan to use your pool, he urges you to check inside your heater before you turn it on.

"To make sure there's not rat nests or snakes," he said. "There's all sorts of creatures that make it their home because potentially you're not using it for the whole winter."

The normal high this time of year is in the low 70s. Highs are forecast to remain above that through the extended forecast.

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