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Washington Temperature May Reach 90 to Start Next Week

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April 12 (Bloomberg) -- The high temperature in Washington may reach 90 degrees next week for the first time this year as warm weather moves across the mid-Atlantic region, according to Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

Washington may peak at 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 Celsius) on April 16, said Rogers, who is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Temperatures should surge into the upper 80s and low 90s for this event, but it should not have the typical humidity levels of equivalent summer temperatures,” he said.

Commodities traders watch temperature predictions to gauge energy use and demand. About 51 percent of U.S. households use gas for heating, according to the Energy Department.

Other forecasts aren’t predicting such high temperatures. The National Weather Service said Washington may reach 83 on April 15 and 84 on April 16, while MDA EarthSat Weather said temperatures may be 87 and 88 on those days.

As the week wears on, the weather may moderate. Rogers said average temperatures in the mid-Atlantic region will be about 5 degrees above normal from April 17 to April 21.

MDA said southern California and the U.S. Southwest will be 5 to 7 degrees above normal while the central part of the country will remain seasonal during the same time frame.

The normal average temperature for April 19 in New York is about 54, according to MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 50 in Boston, 51 in Chicago, 59 in St. Louis, 63 in Atlanta, 64 in Dallas, 70 in Houston, 51 in Seattle and 62 in Burbank, California.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net