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NYC Temperature Records May Fall as Heat Grips U.S. East

June 07, 2011

(Updates with natural gas settlement in fourth paragraph.)

June 7 (Bloomberg) -- Temperatures in New York may break 78-year-old records in the next two days as heat builds along the U.S. East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

The temperature in Central Park is forecast to reach 96 degrees Fahrenheit (35.5 Celsius) tomorrow, topping the record of 95 set on that date in 1933, said Lauren Nash, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York. The forecast calls for a high of 98 on June 9, a degree above another 1933 record for the date.

The East Coast heat, which will bake the region for the rest of the week, is expected to drive up energy demand from Washington to Boston, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Natural gas for July delivery rose 0.4 cent to $4.831 per million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange, settling at the highest price since July 30 for the second straight day. Power plants use about 30 percent of the nation’s gas supplies.

A total of 276 high temperature records were set yesterday across the central U.S. from Wisconsin to Texas, according to Allen Motew, head meteorologist with QT Information Systems in Chicago.

An excessive heat watch, meaning conditions are expected to become dangerous, has been issued for eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, and western New Jersey starting tomorrow, the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey, reported.

Dangerous Heat

“The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible,” according to an agency bulletin. “Stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

Air quality alerts also stretch from northern Virginia to New Jersey, including Washington and Baltimore, according to the weather service. People with asthma and heart conditions and children and the elderly are most at risk, the agency said.

Today’s high is expected to reach 89 in Manhattan and 90 in Newark. Tomorrow, the high in Newark is expected to be 97, tying a 1999 record for the date, and 99 the next day, which would also tie a mark set in 2008, Nash said.

“Peak heat days are today and tomorrow in the Midwest and tomorrow to Thursday for the East Coast, but Friday is inching up hotter for the East Coast, too,” Commodity Weather Group LLC President Matt Rogers said in a note to clients today.

Cooler weather is expected to reach the six New England states during the June 12 to June 16 period, according to Rogers. The South from Texas to South Carolina is expected to remain hotter than normal through June 21, he said.

--With assistance from Christine Buurma in New York. Editors: Charlotte Porter, Joseph Link

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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