Despite cooler weather, beach attendance is on the rise

Horseneck Beach in Westport, Mass. (Photo: Brian Yocono/WPRI 12)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) – Even though this summer’s weather hasn’t been quite as warm as last year’s, local beaches have seen a bump in overall attendance.

According to the Dept. of Environmental Management, beaches across the state have seen more than 100,000 additional visitors this year compared to last. That number may be surprising considering last year’s prevalent heat waves, but weather numbers show the attendance spike may have had more to do with rain than heat.

Since Rhode Islanders are more likely to hit the beach on the weekend, the Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Team looked only at weekend statistics. In the 18 total weekend days since Memorial Day Weekend, measurable rain has only fallen on two of them. Compare that to last year, when measurable rain fell on seven weekend days in the same time span.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Pete Mangione has much more in the video above. Click play to watch it.

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