Temperatures may rise into the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit (15 to 21 Celsius) along the East Coast to start next week, according to Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.
There’s a chance the warming will be short lived, as storms and a cold front may follow by week’s end, he said.
“The latest modeling continues to debate the details of next week’s weather on the East Coast with an unfortunately wide range of outcome potential,” Rogers, who’s based in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a note to clients.
April, the first full month of the Northern Hemisphere spring, is the start of a transition to warmer weather, when more energy is used to cool, rather than heat, homes. Until heat builds in the summer, the impact of the weather on energy prices is less noticeable. About 50 percent of U.S. households use gas for warmth.
Rogers predicts temperatures April 9 to 13 will average out to near-seasonal in the Northeast and will be about 5 degrees warmer than normal from North Carolina to Florida.
MDA Weather Services forecasts that the East Coast as a whole will be 3 to 4 degrees warmer than normal in the same period, with the possibility that coastal North Carolina and South Carolina will be 8 to 14 degrees above normal.
The normal average temperature on April 11 in New York City is 51 degrees Fahrenheit (11 Celsius), according to MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston, it’s 47; in Chicago, 47; in Houston, 69; in St. Louis, 56; and in Burbank, California, 62.
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