The eastern U.S. is expected to have seasonal temperatures through early September while the hottest weather may be concentrated in the upper Great Plains and Pacific Northwest, MDA Weather Services said.
Near-normal temperatures will dominate the East from Sept. 1 to Sept. 10, according to MDA. Readings in southern New England and New York may creep 1 degree Fahrenheit (0.5 Celsius) higher than usual from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5.
“Major cool changes were made from the Midwest to the East today,” MDA said in its forecast.
Energy traders look to long-range forecasts to gauge potential fuel use. Above-normal temperatures in the large cities of the Midwest and Northeast can increase energy use as people turn to air conditioning to cool homes and businesses.
While readings in the East stay at seasonal levels, temperatures may reach 5 to 8 degrees above normal throughout the Great Plains from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5. That heat may shift to the Pacific Northwest from Sept. 6 to Sept. 10, MDA said.
The normal average temperature in New York City on Sept. 4 is 73 degrees, according to MDA. In Boston, it’s 68; Chicago, 69; St. Louis, 76; Houston, 83; Seattle, 64; and in Burbank, California, 75.