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Eastern U.S. May Cool Next Week Before Heat Returns

May 25, 2012

The eastern half of the U.S. may cool next week before heat begins to build again in early June.

Temperatures along the East Coast and in the South are expected to be seasonal from May 30 to June 3 after a heat wave this Memorial Day holiday weekend brings readings in the 90s Fahrenheit (mid-30s Celsius) to much of the region, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

In the Midwest and Great Lakes, including Chicago, temperatures are expected to be about 3 degrees below normal, Rogers said from his office in Bethesda, Maryland.

That cooler weather will be replaced by another round of heat from June 4 to June 8, with temperatures 5 to 8 degrees above normal across the Midwest and 3 degrees higher than usual along the East Coast, Rogers said.

Low natural gas prices have meant more utilities are using the fuel to generate electricity. Futures traded near the lowest close in three days on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 8:36 a.m. in Singapore on concern that below-normal temperatures next week will limit demand for air conditioning.

The normal average temperature in New York on May 29 is 67 degrees, according to MDA. It’s 61 in Boston, 69 in Washington, 74 in Atlanta, 79 in Houston, 77 in Dallas, 58 in Seattle and 67 in Burbank, California.

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