Bloomberg News

High Temperatures to Return to U.S. East by Next Week

June 05, 2012

Another round of high temperatures will probably push across the Midwest to the Northeast and into southern Canada next week, boosting demand for air conditioning.

Average temperatures in the region are expected to rise 6 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 Celsius) above normal from June 11 to June 15, according to David Salmon, owner of Weather Derivatives in Belton, Missouri.

The average temperature in New York’s Central Park yesterday was 59, or 9 below normal, the National Weather Service said. The forecast may mean a 15-degree shift in New York by next week, with the temperature peaking at 86 on June 12, according to MDA EarthSat Weather.

Periods of high temperatures or humidity will drive up electricity use as people turn on air conditioners to get comfortable. Natural gas futures rose from a four-week low in New York yesterday on speculation that warmer weather forecast for the eastern U.S. will increase fuel demand from power plants.

Average temperatures across the Great Lakes into southern Canada, including Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal, are expected to rise about 5 degrees through next week, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Temperatures may reach into the 90s from Chicago to Washington, said MDA EarthSat in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A high of 93 is expected in Chicago on June 10 and 92 in Washington on June 11.

Midwest Heat

Rogers said the main focus of the heat from June 15 to June 19 will be in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. The average temperature for the area from Chicago to western Pennsylvania is expected to be about 5 degrees above normal.

At the same time, California, Nevada and Arizona may have average temperatures about 3 degrees below normal, Rogers said. San Francisco may be 5 degrees cooler than normal, he said, while the East Coast will remain above normal through next weekend.

The normal average temperature in New York for June 7 is about 70 degrees, according to MDA. 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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