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Yesterday saw an abrupt end of the heat wave as a cold front came through the Coachella Valley area and dropped temps to 84 for a max and 59 for a minimum. Temps will begin to warm again tomorrow and will reach a high of 100 by Friday. Come Sunday, May 5, temps will cool again and will see a max temp of 87 on Monday, May 6. weat

A late developing storm brought some light showers and much lower temps to the valley yesterday. Temps went from the mid-90s toward the end of last week to only 75 yesterday. On Thursday things begin to warm up again with highs in the mid-80s and will reach 89 Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6 temps will cool off again. There is no more rain in the 10-day forecast. Citrus, blueberries, some wet veg are currently coming from this area. Cherries will be starting next week.

The growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will see temps in the mid- to upper 60s for a high and in the upper 40s to low 50s for a low over the next 10 days. Salinas and Santa Maria might see a high of 70 on Wednesday. There is no rain in the 10-day forecast. Wet veg and berries are the main items coming from these regions.

Wide range of products still coming from the sunshine state. This week Florida will see high temps in the upper 80s and low 90s with daily chances of rain through next Wednesday -- Thursday will see possibilities of at least 0.5 inches. Low temps will be in the upper 60s and low 70s for the next 10 days.

Throughout the state the highs will be in the upper 80s and lows in the mid-60s over the next 10 days. There is a chance of light rain for this Friday and Saturday.

Southern Texas will see max temps in the low 90s and minimums in the low 70s over the next 10 days. Today will be windy, up to 25 miles per hour. Saturday through Monday there are chances of light right up to 0.3 inches. Watermelons should be starting out of this area soon.

These regions are next up for cantaloupes and honeydew melons. Max temps this week will be in the upper 80s to upper 90s and minimum temps in the upper 50s to low 60s. Look for melons to begin sometime next week.

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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