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Cold Weather Grips U.S. This Week, Warmer Air Returns Next Week

Cold weather will grip the northern U.S. for the rest of the week while heat keeps building up in Texas, according to Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

The upper Great Plains to the Great Lakes will have the coldest weather through the end of the week, Rogers said in his one- to five-day forecast. Texas will probably stay hot from now until at least Sept. 27, he said in the note to clients.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch across Minnesota and North Dakota where low temperatures in some areas may fall into the 20-degree Fahrenheit (minus 6 to minus 1 Celsius) range. A low of 34 degrees is expected in Fargo, North Dakota, later today and 30 is predicted for tomorrow, according to the weather service.

A low of 29 is forecast for Grand Forks, North Dakota, tomorrow.

Natural gas traders use long-range temperature predictions to gauge energy use and market fluctuations. Hot or cold weather can increase demand for heating and cooling, and power plants use about 30 percent of the nation’s gas supplies, according to Energy Department data.

Following this week’s cold snap, warmer weather will spread across the northern U.S. until completely blanketing the country by Sept. 23 to Sept. 27, with the exception of the U.S. South and Pacific Northwest.

Texas Heat

Dallas is forecast to set a new high for the most days above 100 degrees, according to the weather service. The Dallas-Fort Worth region has had 69 days where the temperature was 100 degrees or more, tying an old mark set in 1980.

The high in Dallas is expected to reach 106 degrees today and 99 degrees tomorrow, according to the weather service. Fort Worth is expected to reach 105 degrees today and 99 tomorrow.

Texas had the hottest summer on record for any U.S. state, with an average temperature of 86.8 degrees, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Oklahoma was second with an average temperature of 86.5 degrees.

The previous warmest summer was in Oklahoma in 1934, when the average temperature was 85.2 degrees.

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