Most of the U.S. and southern Canada will start next week with higher-than-normal temperatures, including some of the largest cities in both countries, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.
From California to the U.S. Northeast, including Los Angeles and New York City, Rogers forecasts temperatures will reach 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) above normal from June 24 to June 28. An area around the Great Lakes that takes in Chicago, Detroit and Toronto may be 5 degrees higher.
“The models show decent agreement on next week’s 6- to 10-day range when we see a burst of heat early in the week and then a pullback later in the week with a cool front,” Rogers, in Bethesda, Maryland, wrote in a note to clients. “Temperature and humidity levels should be about the same as recent heat events.”
Some of the highest temperatures are expected to be over the Rocky Mountains and central Great Plains.
Above-average warmth 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.
Rogers predicts the heat will pull back from the U.S. East and Gulf coasts from June 29 to July 3 as temperatures return to seasonal levels there.
The normal average reading for June 26 in New York City is about 75 degrees, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston, it’s 71; in Chicago, 73; in Houston, 84; in St. Louis, 79; and in Burbank, California, 72.
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