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The cooler weather in the San Joaquin Valley will continue through tomorrow with max temps in the mid 80s. Starting Thursday temps will begin to warm day over day, reaching a peak of 101 on Saturday in Fresno and Bakersfield. The northern end of the valley near Modesto and Sacramento will reach 99 on Saturday.weat

On Monday the heatwave will break, and max temps will be back down into the mid-80s for the remainder of the week. These cooler temps are about 10 degrees below normal for early September.

Coastal regions
Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard will all see much higher temps this weekend. These three regions, which are currently experiencing normal high temps in the low to mid-70s, will see temps jump 10 to 15 degrees Thursday through Saturday. Friday will be the hottest day of the heatwave with Salinas reaching 88 while Oxnard and Santa Maria will peak at 85.

MICHIGAN TO SEE HOTTEST TEMPS IN LAST THREE WEEKS
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Temps in Michigan will jump 10 to 15 degrees today, getting into the upper 80s with an isolated 90 temp in the southwestern part of the state. These warmer temps will last through Thursday. Temps will be back into the 70s on Friday, and by next Monday will see some low 80s.

COOLER TEMPS, RAIN TO AFFECT BLUEBERRIES IN OREGON?
The storm coming to Oregon this week has brought cooler temps and some light rain. Max temps yesterday and today were only in the upper 60s. High temps will warm again on Thursday and Friday into the 80s, but another cold front will come through starting Saturday bringing cooler max temps back into the 60s and daily chances of rain.

NEW JERSEY TO EXPERIENCE BEAUTFUL WEATHER THROUGH NEXT WEEK
New Jersey will experience its own little heatwave this week as temperatures continue to rise reaching a peak of 89 on Thursday. Temps will cool a bit over the weekend but will remain in the mid-80s all next week with min temps in the mid-60s. There is a slight chance of rain this Thursday.

These warm temps will remain through at least next week.

HURRICANE UPDATE
There is a disturbance in the Pacific several hundred miles off the coast of Mexico due south of the state of Oaxaca. Currently the disturbance is not affecting any land and is moving in a west-north west direction.

In the Atlantic there are several disturbances out east of the Caribbean, but none are being predicted to turn into a Tropical Storm or Hurricane.

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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