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A low pressure trough will come through Florida this weekend bringing rain and cooler temps starting Sunday. Temperatures will drop by 10 to 15 degrees across the board and the rain will stay around through Wednesday of next week.


Immokalee will drop from a high today of 88 to a high of 70 next Tuesday with minimum temps in the mid-50s all next week. They will get up to 1.5 inches of rain over the four days.

Farther north in the city of Alachua, where they are prepping for the blueberry harvest to start, the temps will drop from a high today of 83 to only 67 next Tuesday with minimum temps in the mid-40s. Alachua will see rain on Sunday.

Georgia, which is prepping for their late spring crop of veg and tomatoes will also see a chance of rain and cooler temps from this same low pressure system going through Florida. Quitman, which had a high of 82 yesterday and a low of 61, will see temps drop significantly next week. High temps for next week will only be in the mid-60s and lows will be in the mid-40s. These cooler temps will last through next Friday, Mach 22. Should definitely slow down growth of plants.

A ridge of high pressure will move in over the western U.S. today bringing warm spring-like conditions. The warmer temps will start today and last through next Tuesday. The hottest days of the heat wave will be Sunday and Monday.

The coastal regions of Salinas/Santa Maria/Oxnard will peak with a high of 77 on Sunday. The desert regions of Yuma and Coachella will see max temps in the upper 80s with a possible 90 in Coachella on Monday. Even the San Joaquin Valley will get in on the action with max temps in the upper 70s and low 80s up and down the valley.

The party will come to a quick end on Wednesday when another Pacific low-pressure system will come through bringing lower temps and another chance of rain, which could affect stone fruit and cherry trees in the San Joaquin Valley that will be in full bloom from the warmer temps over the weekend.

Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz, the lime capital of the world, will see rain and cold temps starting today. The same cold front affecting Florida will hit this coastal region of eastern Mexico. Between today and next Thursday this region of Mexico can expect up to 0.5 inches of daily rainfall and max temps only in the upper 60s and min temps in the low 60s. This is not weather conducive to lime growing. Expect markets to react as volume will drop and be aware of quality issues associated with rain. By Friday, March 22 the weather will dry out and temps will begin to rise again.

Culiacan will see stable temps next week with highs around 90 and lows in the mid-50s.

Cooler temps and slight chance of rain coming to Ciudad Obregon. Next week expect high temps to only get into the low 70s and lows to remain in the mid-40s. These temps should slow down the growth of their spring veg crop.

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)

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