Heating Demand May Drop as East Coast Temperatures Hit Mid-50sBrian K. Sullivan
High temperatures may reach into the 50s Fahrenheit (10 to 15 Celsius) next week in New York and other Northeastern cities, damping the need for heating fuels.
Readings from New Hampshire to North Carolina may be 8 to 14 degrees above normal from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14 and 5 to 7 degrees higher in the rest of the eastern U.S. and Canada, according to MDA Weather Systems.
“While the East has seen some relatively cool, cold temperatures relative to normal over the past few days, a significant transition will be seen over the next few days and by the weekend,” said Travis Hartman, energy weather manager and meteorologist for MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
February demand usually accounts for about 23 percent of seasonal heating totals. The warmer weather moving out of the Midwest and into East will create “widespread energy demand destruction for natural gas and other home heating fuels,” Hartman said.
The high temperature on Feb. 11 in New York is expected to reach 56, according to MDA. Boston may have 53; Philadelphia, 59; Cincinnati, 57; and Washington, 63.
The warmer weather may peak earlier in the Midwest, with Chicago reaching 47 and St. Louis 59 on Feb. 10.
Temperatures from the Midwest to Northeast will probably remain at least 3 to 4 degrees above normal from Feb. 15 to Feb. 19, according to MDA.