Below-Normal Temperatures Seen for Central U.S. Next Week

Temperatures in the central U.S. may dip below normal next week, potentially creating a small boost to energy demand in the Chicago area, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.

Readings will be 5 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit (2.7 to 4.4 Celsius) below average through the Great Plains into Texas from April 13 to 17, said Rogers, in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Current estimates favor highs only in the lower 40s for Chicago early next week, which should support daytime as well as overnight heating demand during the event,” Rogers said in his forecast.

The power of temperatures to boost energy use wanes throughout the spring in the U.S. as daily normal readings continue to rise with the approach of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. The most energy for warming homes and businesses is consumed during the November to March heating season.

Seasonal temperatures are forecast across the eastern U.S. from April 18 to 22, with above-normal readings in the Rocky Mountains, Rogers said.

The normal average temperature in New York on April 16 is 53, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston and Chicago, it’s 49; in St. Louis, 58; Dallas, 66; Houston, 70; and in Burbank, California, 69.

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