Temperatures will be below normal the U.S. East Coast into the first week of December, said Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group LLC.
Temperatures will be as much as 8 degrees Fahrenheit (4.4 Celsius) below normal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30 from Texas to New England, including Houston, New York and Toronto. Readings are expected to be at least 3 degrees below from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5 over much the same area, Rogers said in his forecast.
“The Midwest, East and South all see colder changes to next week’s forecast as a robust secondary cold push drops down,” Rogers wrote from his office in Bethesda, Maryland.
Below-normal temperatures, especially in Eastern and Midwestern cities, tend to increase energy consumption as more people heat homes and businesses. November marks the start of the U.S. heating season, when natural gas demand peaks.
Power generation accounts for 32 percent of U.S. gas use, according to the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s statistical arm. About 49 percent of all homes use the fuel for heating.
The normal average temperature in New York on Nov. 27 is about 45 degrees, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston, it’s 42; in St. Louis, 41; Dallas, 52; Houston, 59; Chicago, 35; Burbank, California, 57; and in Calgary, it’s 24.