Warmer weather may return to the eastern U.S. next week as high temperatures climb into the 70s from Chicago to New York City.
Temperatures may rise 8 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 to 7.8 Celsius) above normal throughout the East from April 14 to April 18, said MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Chicago may be 10 degrees above normal from April 15 to April 19, according to David Salmon, owner of Weather Derivatives in Belton, Missouri.
Commodities traders watch temperature predictions to gauge energy use and demand. About 51 percent of U.S. households use gas for hearing, according to the Energy Department. Natural gas prices fell 30 percent this year through last week on a surplus caused in part by a warm winter.
April began colder for much of the East after an abnormally warm March. Across the U.S., 15,292 high temperature records were broken or tied last month, according to a report released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The first three months of 2012 have been the warmest on record in the contiguous U.S., NOAA said.
The warmer weather is expected to continue in the East from April 19 to April 23, according to an 11- to 15-day forecast from MDA. The rest of the U.S. will be more seasonal.
The normal average temperature for April 11 in New York is about 51, according to MDA. It’s 47 in Boston, 46 in Chicago, 56 in St. Louis, 61 in Atlanta, 64 in Dallas, 68 in Houston, 50 in Seattle and 61 in Burbank, California.
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