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Heat wave to bump California veg and berry production

Get ready for an end-of-summer heat wave to hit California's coastal veg and berry regions next week. The growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will experience a prolonged heat wave starting this Saturday and going into the end of next week.weat

Current high temps in these regions are in the lower 70s and low temps in the lower 50s, but by Saturday high temps will be in the mid- to upper 80s, where they remain all next week. It appears Tuesday will be the peak of the heat with a high temp of 87 and a low of 63 in Salinas.  These warmer temps should lead to a bump in production of berries, peppers and lettuces out of these regions.

VANCOUVER BLUEBERRY REGION TO SEE RAIN TODAY
Today the border region of British Columbia and Washington just south of Vancouver will see an inch of rain with more to come later in the week. The high temp today will be only 60 and a low of 48. This is the first overnight low into the 40s this summer. Temps will warm back up in the mid-60s for the remainder of the week and lows will be in the lower 50s.

SOUTH AFRICAN HEAT WAVE PICKS UP STEAM
The heat wave in the table grape and clementine growing regions of South Africa will intensify this week. Last Friday we talked about temperatures warming up from the mid-60s last week into the 80s for early this week. Things have changed and temps are expected to go higher with max temps into the 90s by Wednesday. Temps will peak on Thursday with highs for most regions in the mid-90s and few isolated temps above 100. Keep on eye on clementine volumes if pulling from Africa and also the upcoming table grape season.

EASTERN U.S. TO COOL THIS WEEK
Regions as far south as Georgia and into Tennessee and as far north as New Jersey and into New York will see cooler temps come tomorrow. The average temp will drop 10 degrees from Monday’s max temp to tomorrow’s max temp. Highs will drop from the 80s into the 70s. These cooler temps will remain through Friday. On Saturday high temps will warm again to back into the 80s where they will remain next week.

HURRICANE CENTRAL
MEXICO: A larger area of low pressure located a few hundred miles south-southeast of Acapulco, Mexico, is producing widespread showers and thunderstorms. Although the circulation of this system is not yet well defined, environmental conditions are forecast to be conducive for the development of a tropical depression within the next day or so. This disturbance is expected to move west-northwest near or just offshore of the coast of Mexico.

ATLANTIC: The disturbance in the Atlantic we talked about last Friday has turned into Hurricane Humberto and is currently spinning off the coast of Georgia due north of the Bahamas. The hurricane is projected to head northeast out over the Atlantic without affecting any land in the U.S. No land areas in the U.S. will see any rain associated with this storm.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)