The Westcountry's vital tourism sector is breathing a collective "sigh of relief" after the best August for five years, industry leaders said.
Tourism is the lifeblood of the local economy with the industry being worth more than £2 billion a year in Devon and Cornwall.
Successive summer washouts, particularly during the critical six-week school holidays, combined with the poor state of the economy had raised serious concerns among tourism businesses.
But Malcolm Bell, head of Visit Cornwall, said visitor numbers had bounced back after the heatwave in July and an August which was dominated by consistently high temperatures and long spells of unbroken sunshine.
"To be honest, people were extremely worried in late June because Easter didn't really happen and May was quite cold," Mr Bell said. "We forget how late the Spring flowers were.
"When the heatwave hit in July and the first bit of August we were really catching up a bit on that lost early business.
"The sunshine then went straight through the critical kids' holiday season. There have been a lot more people around and they were happy.
"It was a good August and probably as good as 2008 which was the last good year we had. In 2009 we dropped a little but and then 2010, 2011 and 2012 were just awful summers.
"Most people are breathing a sight of relief and getting ready for the autumn. I think most business would have survived another poor season but it is the investment and confidence levels which would have gone."
Mr Bell said the upturn was "very important" for weather-dependent business like beach front cafes, outdoor attractions and gardens who had "really suffered" in recent years.
Surveys conducted throughout the summer, Mr Bell said, were also encouraging and indicated a key rise in the number of new visitors to the county.
He added: "Last year the figure for new visitors was 9%, this year that has risen to 13% which is very important given that there is an eight in ten chance they will come back and a four in ten chance they will become regular visitors."
Statistics from the Met Office showed August 2013 wasn't exceptional. In Devon, average maximum temperatures were 20.6C (69F) – 0.6C above average – while 66.8mm (2.6in) of rain fell, 80% of the long term average.
Cornwall was wetter with 98.3mm (3.9in) of rain, 21% above average, although maximum temperatures were 20C (68F) – up 0.5C.
But the weather was in stark contrast to last year when Devon and Cornwall suffered their second wettest summer in 100 years with nearly a foot-and-a-half of rain in three months.
Figures from the Met Office showed that 441.1mm (17.4in) of rain fell in Devon in June, July and August 2012 – the second highest total since 1912.
Although Cornwall's total of 428mm (16.8in) was slightly lower, it was also the wettest for a century. Met Office records go back to 1910.
Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association also reported a substantial rise in bookings this summer.
It said many of its members had seen record numbers of visitors throughout the holidays and sell out July and August months.
James Sharp, chairman of the association, said: "We have seen an increase in overseas visitors but one of the main growth areas has been holidaymakers choosing to 'staycation' in Devon due to the fantastic weather we have been experiencing.
"One member has seen an 8.6% rise in overall bookings in comparison to last summer, with a 6% rise in July alone.
"The Bank Holiday weekend saw thousands come to bask in the glorious sunshine with many members and visitor attractions seeing record numbers."