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3:27pm 25th July 2014
(Updated 3:27pm 25th July 2014)

The schools are out for summer and businesses from Penzance to Bude are reporting a big surge in bookings.

Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Cornwall as the big getaway gets underway.

It is hoped the Duchy's run of sun will help boost numbers after the winter storms.

Dick Cliffe speaks for Penzance Chamber of Commerce and runs a guesthouse in the town: "We had this awful period in the Spring where bookings either didn't come in or those that had been made were cancelled but it's taken off. We're having a real surge in demand now with everybody trying to fill the vacant beds; there aren't many vacant beds in Penzance at the moment.

"Personally, it's not as good as it was a couple of years ago. I think we've been affected in Penzance by all the uncertainty over transport to the Isles of Scilly and of course this year we had the railway problem as well but I think people are actually quite positive; the demand is certainly there."

Bude is hoping its title of sunniest spot in the UK will mean a bumper season.

The town basked in 783 hours of sunshine last year.

Martin runs a gallery in the town and has a holiday let: "People have been complaining that it's been too hot recently, so no. Well actually I'm not joking. It can't do any harm can it? Everything's nicer in the sun isn't it? For sure.

"There's still some events going on, there's a couple of new shops opening, developing cafes and restaurants etc. So people are, I guess, looking towards the future."

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish businesses are expected to bring in 400 million pounds over the next month.

It is keeping around 40 thousand people in tourism jobs in the Duchy.

But Visit Cornwall tells Pirate FM it has been a slow start to the season - with Spring tourism down by a half.

Experts think that is because of new rules which mean parents can be fined for taking their children out of class during term time.

Spokesman Malcolm Bell said: "I think if you're stuck in the hot sultry part of the country, the thought of being able to come to a beautiful part of the world like Cornwall and walk on our beaches and swim in our seas which at the moment are warmer than Portugal, then I think it's a pretty killer temptation to come down."

"It's looking good for the next month because it's the main season. This is when we'll take over four hundred million pounds worth of turnover in tourism and probably keeping around forty thousand people in a job at the moment but obviously it takes more than one season to make the year."

Forecasters tell us that we can expect temperatures that top Spain.

Phoebe Smith is a forecaster at the Met Office, she said: "Temperatures we're expecting for this weekend are going to be higher than the northern coast of Spain, so Bilbao, we are getting several degrees more warmth than them, so we are definitely warmer than parts of Europe.

"There is going to be spells where we see these glorious spells of sunshine again but unfortunately being the UK we can never rule out rain or showers as well."

3:27pm 25th July 2014

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