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    Natural Gas Futures Probe Higher Early as Temps Next Week Seen Trending Hotter

    Forecasts advertising hotter-trending temperatures in the near term helped natural gas futures continue to probe higher in early trading Friday. The July Nymex contract was up 1.3 cents to $3.431/MMBtu at around 8:45 a.m. ET. The updated forecast as of early Friday showed hotter trends for the next week or so, according to Bespoke Weather Services. “This is in response to models backing the incoming trough more into the Plains and western Midwest, allowing for a stronger period of upper level ridging in the East and hotter temperatures at the surface, including a couple of days with mid 90s highs  

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