Natural gas prices shoot up as weather forecasts point to rising temps

Shutterstock photo - Natural gas prices shot up on Monday after weather forecasting models pointed to hotter temperatures settling in for much of the country.

In the New York Mercantile Exchange, natural gas futures for delivery in July traded at USD3.874 per million British thermal units, up 3.76%.

The commodity hit a session low of USD3.741 and a high of USD3.874.

The National Weather Service's six-to-ten-day outlook issued on Sunday called for above-normal readings for much of the U.S., with normal temperatures across the Great Plains and in the South.

Hotter temperatures send prices rising on sentiments that demand for natural gas will increase at the country's thermal power plants as businesses and households crank up their air conditioning.

Natural gas accounts for about a quarter of U.S. electricity generation.

Meanwhile, traders kept an eye out towards U.S. supply levels due for release on Thursday.

Total U.S. natural gas storage stood 2.347 trillion cubic feet as of last week, 2% below the five-year average for this time of year.

Early injection estimates for this week's storage data range from 83 billion cubic feet to 95 billion cubic feet, compared to a 63 billion cubic feet increase during the same week a year earlier.

The five-year average for the week is a build of 80 billion cubic feet.

Elsewhere, a tropical depression formed in the Caribbean on Monday and was headed for landfall along the coast of Belize, though investors went long on natural gas on sentiments the system may emerge in the gas-rich Gulf of Mexico in the coming days.

Tropical weather systems often disrupt production in the Gulf of Mexico and send prices rising.

Elsewhere on the NYMEX, light sweet crude oil futures for delivery in August were up 0.31% and trading at USD98.38 a barrel, while heating oil futures for July delivery were up 0.06% at USD2.9638 per gallon. - offers an extensive set of professional tools for the Forex, Commodities, Futures and the Stock Market including real-time data streaming, a comprehensive economic calendar, as well as financial news and technical & fundamental analysis by in-house experts.

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