Mid-Atlantic May Heat up Next Week as Midwest Stays Dry

Temperatures in the U.S. mid-Atlantic states may rise into the mid-90s next week while the Midwest remains hot and dry.

Rainfall may remain below normal from Iowa to Texas and parts of Louisiana from Aug. 4 to Aug. 13, said Joel Widenor, co-founder of Commodity Weather Group LLC. Minnesota and parts of southern Indiana and Ohio may be the exception.

Along the mid-Atlantic and in the Northeast, temperatures are expected to rise about 5 degrees above normal from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8 before returning to more seasonal levels Aug. 9 to Aug. 13, said Matt Rogers, Commodity Weather’s president. By mid-August, the region will have passed its temperature peak for the year, so the above-normal heat will mean “mainly low-to-mid 90s rather than the upper 90s (about 36 Celsius) to low 100s that frequented July,” Rogers said from his Bethesda, Maryland office.

The hot, dry conditions across much of the U.S. in July contributed to higher natural gas and corn prices. Drought covers 63.9 percent of the contiguous 48 U.S. states and less than a third of the nation’s corn and soybean crops were listed in good or excellent condition as of July 22, the lowest for the date since 1988, according to the Agriculture Department.

The higher temperatures also meant more electricity use, contributing to natural gas prices rebounding 58 percent as of last week from a 10-year low in April. Stronger consumption has helped reduce a stockpile surplus for 16 consecutive weeks.

The normal average temperature in New York for Aug. 1 is 78, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It’s 74 in Boston; 80 in Washington; 85 in Houston; 76 in Chicago; 80 in Atlanta; 67 in Seattle and 76 in Burbank, California.

-With assistance from Asjylyn Loder in New York, Whitney McFerron in London and Luzi Ann Javier in Singapore. Editors: Charlotte Porter, Margot Habiby

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