April May End With Warmer Weather Across Central U.S.

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- April may end with warmer weather building across the central U.S. from Wyoming to Ohio, according to forecasters.

Temperatures are expected to be 6 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 to 5.6 Celsius) above normal through most of the area from April 25 to April 29, and possibly higher in South Dakota, said David Salmon of Weather Derivatives in Belton, Missouri. Predictions diverge as May begins.

Commodities traders watch temperature outlooks to gauge energy use and demand. About 51 percent of U.S. households use gas for heating, according to the Energy Department, while demand from electricity generators peaks in the summer months to meet air conditioning needs.

Warm air will probably hang over the central U.S., spreading into the mid-Atlantic and South, from April 29 to May 3, according to Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

MDA EarthSat Weather predicts the farm states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa will cool to more seasonal temperatures in that same time frame. MDA expects the warmth to be concentrated on the Ohio Valley and South.

The normal average temperature for April 28 in New York is about 57, according to MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 53 in Boston, 54 in Chicago, 62 in St. Louis, 66 in Atlanta, 72 in Dallas, 74 in Houston, 53 in Seattle and 64 in Burbank, California.

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