MAJOR shops are experiencing a national shortage of paddling pools and customers are furious.
Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are all struggling to keep up with record demand as shoppers rush to cool off as scorching temperatures continue across the UK.
Asda has shifted two years worth of padding pool stock just this year.
The supermarket said that they have sold out out of all but one type of padding pool, which they expect to clear by the end of the week.
“We have pretty much sold out of all our range of pools”, a spokesperson told The Sun.
Of the one style left in stock, the classic padding pool which sells for £14, there are just 22,000 units left across its 645 stores across the UK.
The UK’s biggest supermarket Tesco does have limited pools available on its website – but dozens of the large styles are already sold out.
Tesco Direct will cease online trading at the end of today.
The shortage is frustrating shoppers and people who have taken to Twitter to complain about the lack of availability.
One Twitter user said,
“Went out to try and buy a new paddling pool today. There are none. It’s the great paddling pool shortage of 2018!”
Another was annoyed at not being able to get hold of one for her dog,
“I’ve spent most of my evening trying to buy my dog a baby paddling pool but they’re sold out EVERYWHERE”
There are limited supplies of pools left at various retailers, including Wowhcer, Argos and Amazon.
The Sun has contacted Tesco and Sainsbury’s for a comment.
Despite a predicted dip in temperatures midweek, the heatwave is set to return towards the end of this week.
The hottest day so far this year was recorded in Porthmadog – at a sweltering 32.6C.
The rush of people filling up pools has led to higher water use around the country and some shortages.
A hosepipe ban has already come into force in Northern Island.
Where can you buy a pool?
With shortages reported nationwide, these retails still have limited stock available online:
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