June 18 (Bloomberg) -- Much of the northern U.S. and southern Canada are expected to have warmer-than-normal weather next week, said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC.
Temperatures from central Oregon and California to Maine and the Canadian Maritimes are expected to reach at least 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 Celsius) above the norm from June 23 to 27, said Rogers, who’s based in Bethesda, Maryland.
The area from Nevada to Kansas and Nebraska and the region from around the Great Lakes into southern Ontario and Quebec may reach 5 degrees higher than normal.
"The models show a decent heat event setting up, but there is still the risk of offsetting showers and storms," Rogers said in a note to clients.
Above-average temperatures in large population areas of the East and Midwest can spur natural gas demand as more 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 at least one computer model calls for the heat across the northern U.S. to continue to July 2. He said he isn’t ready to endorse that and expects the eastern U.S. and Canada to have seasonal temperatures.
The region from Chicago to the west, not including Texas and Oklahoma, will probably be 3 to 5 degrees warmer than normal during that time, he said. A pocket in the Pacific Northwest may reach 8 degrees above normal.
The normal average temperature on June 26 in New York City is about 75 degrees, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston, it’s 71; in Chicago, 73; in Houston, 84; in St. Louis, 79; and in Burbank, California, 72.
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