The Midwest may have another round of heat by the middle of June while temperatures are closer to seasonal for the large cities of the East Coast.
Average temperatures from North Dakota to Kansas and east to Iowa and parts of Wisconsin may reach 5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.4 Celsius) above normal from June 13 to June 17, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.
The warmer-than-normal weather is expected to drift eastward into the Great Lakes region, including Chicago, and reach south into Arkansas from June 18 to 22, he said.
“The Midwest seemed more favored versus the East Coast,” Rogers said in a note to clients today. “Given this pattern, we should be able to translate the heat to the East in occasional pulses, but timing and intensity details are an immense challenge this far ahead.”
High temperatures in the cities of the U.S. East Coast often set off extra demand for electricity as residents turn on air conditioners to keep buildings cool.
The normal average temperature in New York for June 17 is about 73 degrees, according to MDA EarthSat in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 68 in Boston, 76 in Washington, 78 in Atlanta, 83 in Houston, 81 in Dallas, 61 in Seattle and 70 in Burbank, California.