May 28 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. East Coast and California will heat up this week, with temperatures rising to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) or higher from Washington to Boston.
"We continue to watch stronger-than-originally-expected heat for two main areas this week and into the upcoming weekend," Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland, wrote in a note to clients today. "Low- to-mid 90s are expected from Washington to New York for the second half of the week and into next weekend."
California may see readings in the mid-90s in Sacramento and around Los Angeles in the same period, he said.
Higher-than-normal temperatures in large population areas 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.
Average temperatures are expected to be at least 8 degrees above normal from Chicago into New England and the Canadian Maritimes from today through June 1, according to Rogers. Readings will be about 5 degrees above normal across California.
The normal average temperature on June 1 in New York City is 68 degrees, according to MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In Boston, it’s 63; in Chicago, 64; in Houston, 81; in St. Louis, 72; and in Burbank, California, 67.
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