The Midwest may stay hot and dry from this weekend to the middle of the month while heat returns to the East Coast next week.
Temperatures may range 3 to 8 Fahrenheit (2.7 to 4.4 Celsius) degrees above normal from Minnesota to Missouri, while receiving below-average rain from July 14 to 23, according to Joel Widenor, co-founder of Commodity Weather Group LLC.
While temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic and U.S. Northeast may be 3 degrees above normal during the same time period, the U.S. South may have above-average rain at the same time, said Widenor from Bethesda, Maryland.
Above-normal temperatures in the large cities along the East Coast can cause more people to use air conditioners to cool down, driving up electricity use and spot energy prices. The increase demand also affects natural gas markets because the fuel is used by about 36 percent of U.S. power plants.
In addition, dry conditions in the Midwest can hurt crop yields and while keeping average temperatures higher than normal.
For July 10, the normal average temperature in New York City is 77, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 73 in Boston; 80 in Washington; 80 in Atlanta; 75 in Chicago; 84 in Houston; 65 in Seattle and 74 in Burbank, California.
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