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Investing.com - Natural gas prices fell on Tuesday after updated weather-forecasting models continued to call for mild temperatures to settle in across much of the U.S., which should crimp demand for heating.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in June traded at $4.386 per million British thermal units during U.S. trading, down 1.09%. The commodity hit session high of $4.547 and a low of $4.468.

The June contract settled down 2.14% on Monday to end at $4.434 per million British thermal units.

Natural gas futures were likely to find support at $4.222 per million British thermal units, the low from April 2, and resistance at $4.825, last Wednesday's high.

Updated weather forecasting models continued to for seasonably mild weather over much of the Midwest and Northeast for the next two weeks, which was likely to lower heating demand.

Approximately 52% of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, according to the Energy Department.

Mild springtime temperatures weren't forecast to rise high enough to hike demand for air conditioning, which would require power generators to burn more natural gas to meet demand.

Elsewhere, investors braced for bearish supply data.

Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said that natural gas storage in the U.S. in the week ending May 2 rose by 74 billion cubic feet, above forecasts for an increase of 71 billion cubic feet.

Total U.S. natural gas storage stood at 1.055 trillion cubic feet, an 11-year low.

Early injection estimates for this week's storage data range from 80 billion cubic feet to 100 billion cubic feet. The five-year average change for the week is a build of 82 billion cubic feet.

Producers would need to add 2.6 trillion to 2.9 trillion cubic feet to storage by November 1 to meet typical winter demand, analysts said.

Elsewhere on the NYMEX, light sweet crude oil futures for delivery in June were up 0.78% at $101.37 a barrel, while heating oil for June delivery were up 0.46% at $2.9320 per gallon.

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