Below-normal temperatures may grip the U.S. Northeast and Canadian Maritimes through mid-June, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LCC.
Temperatures are expected to be at least 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) below normal until June 20, according to Rogers, who’s based in Bethesda, Maryland. Seasonal weather will dominate the rest of the eastern U.S. during the period.
“For the Midwest and East, a combination of transient cool troughs and wet weather systems continues to hamper heat efforts, with still some risks for short-lived warm-ups, but no major heat concerns,” Rogers said in a note to clients.
Higher-than-normal temperatures in large population areas of the East and Midwest can spur natural gas demand as more people turn to air conditioners to keep cool. Power plants will account for 32 percent of U.S. gas consumption this year, Energy Information Administration data show.
The normal average temperature on June 16 in New York City is about 72 degrees, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston, it’s 68; in Chicago, 70; in Houston, 83; in St. Louis, 77; and in Burbank, California, 70.
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