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Central U.S., Canada May Cool Next Week While Coasts Warm

April 3 (Bloomberg) -- The central U.S. and Canada may cool next week while the eastern and western coasts warm.

Temperatures April 8 to 12 may fall 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 3 Celsius) below normal through the center of the country while rising that much above normal in California and from Massachusetts to Florida, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Lows could reach back down to the 40s again for Dallas,” Rogers said today in a note to clients. “Chicago should see 2-3 days of below normal temperatures by late next week, too.”

April is the start of a transition to warmer weather, when more energy is used to cool, rather than heat, homes. Until heat builds in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, the impact of the weather on energy prices is less noticeable. About 50 percent of U.S. households use gas for warmth.

The southern U.S. is expected to have temperatures 5 to 7 degrees above normal by April 13 to 17, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The warmth may reach into New England, where temperatures are expected to be 3 to 4 degrees above normal during the period.

The normal average temperature on April 11 in New York City is 51 degrees Fahrenheit (11 Celsius), according to MDA. In Boston, it’s 47; in Chicago, 47; in Houston, 69; in St. Louis, 56; and in Burbank, California, it’s 62.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bill Banker at bbanker@bloomberg.net

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