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Super Bowl May Have Mild Temperatures Under Cloudy Skies

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Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Mild temperatures and cloudy skies are forecast for New Jersey when the National Football League hosts the annual Super Bowl championship at the open-air MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Temperatures at kickoff on Feb. 2 should be about 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 7 Celsius) under mostly cloudy skies, said Rob St. Pierre, a meteorologist at Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“There has been a lot of fanfare since this game was announced that there might be bad weather,” St. Pierre said. “Right now, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,”

There’s a chance that skies could start to clear toward the end of the game, he said.

While Super Bowls have been played in northern cities such as Detroit, Minneapolis and Indianapolis during the winter, this is the first time one will be held in an open-air stadium in a cold-weather area. The game is set to start about 6:30 p.m. local time and features the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Average temperatures are expected to remain seasonal in the mid-Atlantic region from today to Feb. 4, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Readings may rise above normal in the South, New England and the Canadian Maritimes during the period.

The worst weather next week is expected to occur from Feb. 4 to 5, he said. Computer forecast models are tracking a system that may sweep over the East Coast with anything from rain to ice to snow.

By the middle of next week, cold will probably drop back down from Canada and dominate much of the U.S. Temperatures at least 15 degrees below normal are expected from the upper Great Plains and Midwest, including Chicago, to Texas from Feb. 5 to 9, Rogers said.

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

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