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Heat May Be Concentrated in Central U.S. Next Week

May 29 (Bloomberg) -- The central U.S. has a greater chance for above-normal temperatures next week than the Northeast.

Temperatures between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River are expected to be 5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.4 Celsius) above normal from June 3 to June 7, while the Northeast remains seasonal, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rogers said he isn’t certain that the computer forecast models for the week are accurate.

“These is concern this morning that they may be either missing or underestimating brief heat pushes to the East Coast at times,” he said. “But either way, the middle third of the nation has a much higher likelihood of seeing stronger and more durable hotter-than-normal weather than the East Coast.”

High temperatures in the U.S. Northeast can increase electricity demand as people in the large cities there turn to air conditioning to cool off. The low price of natural gas has meant more utilities are using that fuel to produce power.

On May 25, natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange capped the biggest weekly decline since March on forecasts of moderating temperatures that light reduce power-plant demand. The slide continued today.

Rogers predicted heat will continue to grip the central U.S. June 8 to June 12, with temperatures mostly 3 to 5 degrees above normal.

The normal average temperature in New York for today is 67 degrees, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 61 in Boston, 69 in Washington, 74 in Atlanta, 79 in Houston, 77 in Dallas, 58 in Seattle and 67 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

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