Texas, Western U.S. May Get Hot While East Stays Seasonal

Texas and the western U.S. are expected to heat up by the second week of September while East Coast temperatures stay seasonal, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

Much of the West may reach 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) above normal, while northern Texas and parts of the Pacific Northwest may have reading 5 degrees higher from Sept. 7 to Sept. 11, Rogers said.

“The heat ridge shifts west, but it also lingers over the south-central U.S. to give Texas some hotter risks,” Rogers, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said in a note to clients today

Energy traders look to long-range forecasts to gauge potential fuel use. Above-normal temperatures in the large population areas can increase energy demand as people turn to air conditioning to cool homes and businesses.

Most of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River is expected to have near-seasonal temperatures from Sept. 2 to Sept. 11, Rogers said.

The Great Lakes region, including Chicago, which was gripped this week by a heat wave, may have temperatures dip 1 to 3 degrees below normal from Sept. 2 to Sept. 6, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The normal average temperature in New York City on Sept. 6 is 73 degrees, according to MDA. In Boston it’s 68; in Chicago, 69; St. Louis, 75; Houston, 83; Seattle, 64; and in Burbank, California, 75.

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