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Spring Scorcher Has U.S. Northeast Burning Most Gas in 4 Years

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A man enjoys a warm spring day at Bryant Park in New York City on May 2. 

A man enjoys a warm spring day at Bryant Park in New York City on May 2. 

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Blistering heat in the middle of spring is poised to volley power plants’ demand for natural gas in the U.S. Northeast to the highest in at least four years.

Temperatures in New York City’s Central Park reached 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) on Wednesday, tying a record set in 2001, and they could hit that mark again Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. As the hot spell persists, generators stretching from Maine to Virginia and Ohio may burn 7.38 billion cubic feet of gas on Thursday, up 28 percent from a week earlier, based on Bloomberg New Energy Finance projections.