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California drying out, cooler temps for Florida

This Sunday expect cold temperatures to hit the entire state of Florida along with some rain in the southern growing regions. The central peninsula regions of Plant City and Lakeland, where strawberries are coming from right now, will see the coldest temps getting down to 38 on Sunday night. This region will also see winds of up to 25 miles per hour on Sunday. The veg-growing region of Arcadia will see the same temperatures and wind speeds as Plant City. These regions are not expecting rain this Sunday.  weat

A little farther south in the regions of Immokalee and Belle Glade they will have a minimum temp of 41 on Sunday night with a 50 percent chance of rain up to 0.15 inches. Homestead at the southernmost tip of Florida will also see temps drop on Sunday night getting down to 44. This will be a 22 degree drop from Saturday night’s minimum temp. Homestead will most likely see rain Sunday with rain totals of 0.25 inches.

Next Wednesday Florida is expecting another chance of rain with possibilities and rain totals higher in the central part of state from Plant City south to Palmetto/Ruskin. These regions are expecting up to an inch of rain on Wednesday.

Temperatures over the last few weeks have been up and down as we have documented several times here but starting next Thursday, Jan. 24 the minimum temps will dip down into the 40s for at least four continuous nights through Sunday, Jan. 27. These cooler temps will include all regions from Plant City south to Immokalee and Belle Glade. Homestead will see temps drop as well but only into the low 50s.

California begins to dry out today after four to five days of continuous rain. Oxnard saw some of the highest rain totals from these storms. Coming from this region right now are strawberries and winter veg such as celery, cabbage and light supplies of lettuce. 

The next 10 days are expected to be sunny and warm up and down the state. Temperatures will be in the normal range for this time of year. One noteworthy thing is Castroville will see winds up to 30 miles per hour next Monday.

Some regions of central Mexico will see minimum temperatures dip this Sunday to extreme lows in many growing regions. The Bajio region of Guanajuato will see min temps drop down to 36 on Sunday. The state of Puebla in general will also see min temps in the 30s and specifically Libres Puebla will see the min temp get down to 29. This is a region for broccoli and other winter veg.

One strawberry region of Irapuato, Guanajuato will see a minimum temp of 35 this Sunday. This is 10 degrees cooler than today’s minimum temp.

The lime-growing region of Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz will also see cold temps on Sunday with a minimum temp of 49. This is 15 degrees cooler than today’s minimum temp.

These cold temperatures will only last one night but growers should take precautions. On Monday, Jan. 21 the temperatures will return to normal.

Culiacan is experiencing perfect weather right now with maximum temperatures reaching into the 90s and low temperatures in the mid-50s. Expect volumes to continue to increase out of this region. Temps will dip a bit next Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a max of 85 and a minimum of 48. For the remainder of next week temperatures will be a little cooler than current conditions with max temps in the mid-80s and minimum temps in the low 50s. These cooler temps shouldn’t slow down the flow of production out of this region, which is now in full swing. The region of La Cruz, Sinaloa, which is about 60 miles south of Culiacan, won’t see the low minimum temp next Tuesday but will see minimum temps in the mid-50s and max temps in the low 80s all next week.

Ciudad Obregon, Sonora will see a minimum temp of 38 this Sunday. The remainder of the week will see minimum temps in the 40s and max temps in the 70s.

Chile is experiencing perfect summer weather right now with some growing regions seeing maximum temps into the 90s. Supplies and quality should continue strongly.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)