Above-Normal Temperatures Predicted for Eastern U.S.

Temperatures across the eastern U.S. are expected to rise above normal next week while dropping across the West, MDA Weather Services said.

Readings from the Mississippi River to the East Coast, including Chicago, New York and Washington, are forecast to be 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 to 2.8 Celsius) higher than usual from Nov. 5 to Nov. 9, according to MDA in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Across the West, temperatures are expected to be 3 to 8 degrees lower than the norm.

“Stronger and a bit longer-lasting warmth is expected from the eastern Midwest to the East through the middle of the period before a stronger shot of cold pushes eastward out of the West,” MDA said today.

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.

Even with the threat of colder air coming east, MDA predicts seasonal temperatures in the U.S. Northeast from Nov. 10 to 14, while the South and lower East Coast stay above-normal.

The normal average temperature in New York for Nov. 6 is about 52 degrees, MDA said. In Boston, it’s 48; in St. Louis, 52; Dallas, 60; Chicago, 45; in Burbank, California, 63; and in Calgary, it’s 32.

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