The eastern U.S. may miss any sustained bouts of heat through most of the month, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.
While areas west of the Mississippi River have mild bursts of higher-than-normal temperatures, the East is expected to remain at seasonal levels until June 28, said Rogers, in Bethesda, Maryland. The Northeast, including New York, may be about 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) below normal from June 19 to 23.
“This summer continues to be incredibly tough to translate any sort of sustainable or strong heat to key areas of the Midwest and East, with no major changes seen again today in that direction,” Rogers said.
Above-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.
Texas and the central Plains are expected to be about 3 degrees above normal from today until June 28, Rogers said. An area from western South Dakota to western Texas may reach 5 degrees above the norm from June 19 to 23.
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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