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Hard freeze could hit Chilean citrus

Get ready for extreme cold temperatures and rain to hit regions of Chile next week. Low temperatures could drop to as low as 26 degrees on multiple nights in certain regions of the country.weat

The coldest nights are expected to be Monday, June 24, Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th. During the five-day stretch the minimum temps are expected to go below freezing and maximum day temperatures will be in the upper 40s. Some services such as the Weather Channel are predicting lows to be 31 to 32, while Accuweather is forecasting a minimum temp of 26 on Friday.

These regions are also expecting a decent shot of rain during this time. Monday could see anywhere between 0.75 inches to an inch of rain, while Wednesday, Thursday and Friday could get between half an inch and an inch depending on the day and region.

Between the rain and the freezing temperatures, harvest of citrus could be affected. 

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)