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The heat is coming to California this weekend. Expect temperatures to be hot today and tomorrow; they will begin to cool off starting Sunday.weat

Temperatures will be in the upper 80s today and tomorrow in the coastal growing regions of Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard. Growing regions just inland from the coast such as Hollister, Santa Paula and Soledad will see temps around 100 through tomorrow. San Joaquin Valley temperatures will be above 100 through tomorrow and a possible 100-degree day on Sunday.

Across the state temperatures will drop significantly on Monday and will remain cooler through Thursday. Next Friday temps will rise again and expect a hot weekend of Sept. 21 across the state.

Starting this Sunday expect a cooling trend as a low-pressure trough comes through bringing much cooler temps and a chance of rain on Sunday and Monday. High temperatures for the region from the Willamette Valley in Oregon to the Yakima Valley in Washington will be in the low 60s from Sunday through next Wednesday. High temperatures will warm back up into the 70s on Thursday, Sept. 19 where they will remain for the foreseeable future.

At a time when the weather should begin to cool in Michigan, temperatures will remain warm next week with highs in the mid-80s and min temps in the low 60s through next Thursday. By Saturday, Sept. 21 temps will cool off to season averages with highs in the low 70s and min temps in the low 50s.

If you are buying items such as tomatoes and Bell peppers out of Michigan expect production to continue.  

Yesterday the citrus growing regions of western South Africa were experiencing rain with high temps in the 50s and lows in the 40s. Things will change dramatically with another heat wave coming to region next week. By Monday high temps will be in the 80s and lows in the upper 50s. These warmer temps will last through next Thursday.

Spring in South Africa is just around the corner.

Adding Insult to Injury in the Bahamas: There is currently a disturbance in the Atlantic just east of the Bahama Islands. There is a 70 percent chance of this storm forming into a cyclone. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains today and tomorrow to areas of the Bahamas already affected by Dorian. This storm has the possibility of bringing rains to Florida next week.

In the Pacific there is Tropical Depression No. 13 spinning approximately 1,000 miles due south of Cabo San Lucas. This storm is headed in a westerly direction out into the Pacific and will not affect any land masses.

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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