U.S. East May Return to Seasonal Temperatures by Mid-July

Most of the eastern U.S. is expected to have seasonal temperatures by mid-July, according to Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

The region east of the Mississippi River, including Chicago, New York and Washington, may have near-normal weather from July 13 to July 17, Rogers said in his 11- to 15-day forecast. Northern Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont may be 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) above normal while Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina may be 3 degrees lower.

“The 11- to 15-day still features the main heat in the West,” Rogers, who’s based in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a note to clients today.

Seasonal temperatures in the big cities of the East and Midwest can hold down natural gas demand as fewer people turn to air conditioners to keep cool. Power plants will account for 32 percent of U.S. gas consumption this year, Energy Information Administration data show.

Rogers said there’s a chance temperatures in the Great Plains from North Dakota to Texas will be about 3 degrees above normal from July 13 to 17, and the Pacific Northwest may have temperatures 5 to 8 degrees higher than usual.

The normal average reading for July 15 in New York City is about 77 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. In Boston, it’s 74; Chicago, 74; and in Houston, 84.

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