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Excessive heat coming to California, storm to hit N.C. watermelon growers

California will experience a heat wave all this week that will affect several major growing regions. All points of the San Joaquin Valley will see max temps well above 100 all week. Bakersfield and Fresno will be at 105 today and tomorrow but will rise to 107 on Thursday where it will remain through Monday of next week.weat

The northern end of the valley will also see max temps well above 100 and will hit a max of 106 on Thursday. Temps through the area will not drop below 100 until next Tuesday, Aug. 30.

The second main area of mention is the Salinas Valley. From Soledad south in the valley expect the high temp for tomorrow to be 97, which will rise to 99 on Thursday. Max temps will remain at this elevated level through next Monday.

Oxnard/Ventura region along the southern coast of California will also experience well above average temps for this time of year. Max temps will range from the mid-80s up to the mid-90s all this week depending how far from the coast the farm is located. These temps are 10 to 20 degrees above normal. Berries, lemons, Bell peppers and some wet veg are coming from these areas right now.

COOLER TEMPS AND RAIN AFTER THE MASSIVE HEATWAVE
After a weekend of grueling heat through the Midwest and Northeast many parts of the East Coast today will see a good shot of rain and below-average temps.

From Pennsylvania in the north all the way down through Virginia, the Carolinas and into Georgia many growing regions can expect between one inch and 1.75 inches of rain today. The forecast is for a 100 percent chance of rain. Along with the rain will come cooler temps. Pennsylvania will see max temps in the mid-70s for today and tomorrow while South Carolina and Georgia will see max temps in the mid-80s. These temps are 20 degrees cooler that what these areas saw over the weekend.

The Midwest will also see much cooler temps over the next several days. Locations that saw temps in the mid-90s over the weekend were in the upper 70s and low 80s yesterday throughout the region. These cooler temps will continue through Thursday in many areas -- Indiana, Missouri, and as far south as Alabama and Arkansas.

STORM No. 3 OFF THE SOUTHEASTERN TIP OF FLORIDA TO AFFECT NORTH CAROLINA WATERMELON GROWERS

“Tropical Depression Three“ as it is being official called by the National Hurricane Center formed off the southern tip of Florida over the weekend. The storm will not elevate in stature to a hurricane but it is forecasted to bring one to three inches of rain to the east coast of Florida as it makes its way north today.

By this afternoon the storm will be at the Florida-Georgia line, where it will begin to pull away from the coast. It is predicted to make landfall tomorrow morning in the state of North Carolina where it will dump up to two inches of rain in the main watermelon-growing areas of the region.

ONE LAST NIGHT OF NEAR FREEZING TEMPS IN CHILE
Many growing regions of Chile have been experiencing below freezing temps the last few nights. Last night saw the continuation of temps below the freezing mark. Tonight should be the last hurrah with temps dipping to around 33. By tomorrow we will be out of any danger will min temps around 36. By this Friday the nightly minimums will be back in the 40s.

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)