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The last several weeks have seen excessive heat and a lack of rain in the Southeast. Temperatures throughout the region have been well above normal with highs in the upper 90s and many locations above 100. Many high temp records have been broken in cities from Florida to Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee over the past two weeks. To make matters worse, the region had well below normal amounts of rain for the month of September. Regions of Tennessee only saw three inches of rain for the month, which is only half of normal amounts. The Quincy, FL, area received four inches of rain in September, which also half of normal.weat

Temperatures will continue well above average in the upper 90s through tomorrow. Sunday will finally begin to see a slight cooldown with max temps dropping into the mid-80s in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, while states farther north such as Tennessee and North Carolina will drop into the 70s.

Tomatoes are still coming out of eastern Tennessee while the southern Georgia region is kicking off its fall season of veg such as Bell peppers, squash and beans.

HEAT RETURNING TO CALIFORNIA THIS WEEKEND
California, which has seen below-average temps the last few days, will warm up again this weekend. The heat will return tomorrow and last though Monday. Sunday will be the hottest day of the weekend. The berry and wet veg region of Salinas will reach 85 on Saturday while the grape-growing region of the San Joaquin Valley will warm up into the low 90s this weekend.

The Coachella Valley, which is getting ready to kick off its fall deal, including peppers and beans, will see temps rise to above 100 this weekend and last through late next week. These temps are about 10 degrees above normal for October. Look for products to come on earlier than normal out of this region.

Yuma, AZ will also warm up to around the 100 mark this weekend and into next week, which is also about 10 degrees above normal.

HEAT COMING TO ARGENTINA LATE NEXT WEEK
The blueberry-growing regions of Argentina have seen below average temps the past few days, with highs in the mid-60s and low 70s with chances of rain.

Starting Monday temperatures will begin to warm with max temps reaching into the 80s. Things will get interesting next Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the highs will move into the 90s and will reach a max of 100 by Saturday the Oct. 12 in Corrientes. Look for volumes to finally start to kick in late 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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