Bloomberg News

U.S. East Coast Keeps Cool Next Week Before Heat Returns

June 01, 2012

Cooler-than-normal temperatures may dominate the U.S. Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions next week before giving way to a gradual warm-up by the middle of June.

Temperatures from Maine to North Carolina may reach 6 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 Celsius) below normal from June 7 to 11, said David Salmon, owner of Weather Derivatives in Belton, Missouri. Much of the rest of the eastern U.S. will be seasonal.

Cooler air may reduce spikes in electricity demand because people are less likely to use air conditioners. Heat may mean more need for natural gas because many utilities turned to that fuel to produce power as prices dropped.

In the June 11 to June 15 period, warmer air may begin returning to the Midwest and East Coast, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rogers said at least one computer forecast model suggests there will be a quick return to higher-than-normal temperatures after next week. He said he favors a “more gradual return” for the heat in his 11- to 15-day outlook.

The normal average temperature in New York for June 7 is about 70 degrees, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 65 in Boston, 73 in Washington, 76 in Atlanta, 82 in Houston, 80 in Dallas, 60 in Seattle and 68 in Burbank, California.

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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