Lower 48 states at 33-40% risk for hotter temperatures Heat risk highest for Northeast, Texas, the West Coal generation constrained by capacity, supply US gas-fired power generators could see a record season for cooling demand this summer if an updated seasonal forecast from the National Weather Service proves accurate. Receive daily email alerts, subscriber notes & personalize your experience. Register Now Growing constraints on coal generation make that outcome even more likely. In July, August, and September, all of the Lower 48 states face a minimum 33-40% risk for above-average temperatures, according to a June 16 seasonal temperature outlook published by the weather agency. The risk for hotter weather was predicted at minimum 50% to as high as 70% across parts of the Rockies, the desert Southwest, Texas and the Northeast Atlantic Seaboard. A weather-normal power burn forecast from Platts Analytics already predicted this summer to see the strongest […]