Staying cool this summer will cost more than usual

West Virginia (CNN) – Keeping cool could burn a hole in many U.S. household budgets this summer.  

According to the Energy Information Administration, average monthly power bills are expected to be three percent higher in June, July, and August than last year. 

This cost surge primarily comes from people using air conditioning to combat hot and humid weather. 

Among the regions recently sweating it out are the Southwest, Northwest, and Washington, D.C., which could soon see triple-digit temperatures for the first time in nearly a decade. 

A senior meteorologist at Maxar says this June could be the hottest since 1950. 

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