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At least one heat wave is coming to a close

While heat waves persist in many growing areas, Leamington, ON, is beginning to cool off. Right now lettuces and veg out of Salinas and Watsonville, CA, are looking good on volumes and quality; and Georgia has a great mix of blueberries, beans, broccoli, carrots, cukes and squash. Light volumes of Coachella Valley watermelons and grapes are expected to start early next week.wear

ASPARAGUS: Michigan gets going next week. High temps throughout the state will range from 65 –to 72 degrees over the next week. Next Thursday, May 10 and Saturday, May 12 there is a 50 percent chance of rain with totals up to half an inch each day. Northern Mexico is still the main player while Peru, California's Central Valley and Washington's Yakima Valley are slowly ramping up volumes.

GEORGIA:  Georgia is currently shipping a good mix of products: blueberries, beans, broccoli, carrots, cukes and squash. Above-normal temps continue. The remainder of this week and through next week we can expect maximum temps in the mid- to upper 80s with the hottest day being Saturday, May 12 -- a high temp of 92. Normal highs for this time of year in the mid-70s. There is no chance of rain the 10-day forecast. 

SALINAS/WATSONVILLE: Ideal weather conditions right now. Highs continue in the low 70s and minimums in the low 50s for the next 10 days. Lettuces and veg are looking good on volumes and quality. They are the major player now in these items. Santa Maria is also experiencing perfect weather and shipping the same items as Salinas but in much lower quantities.

FLORIDA: Normal temps up and down the state with highs in the mid-80s to low 90s, and lows around 70. There is a daily chance of thunderstorms starting this Saturday and continuing all next week. Rain totals per day go up to 0.25 inches.

COACHELLA VALLEY: Hot Hot Hot… Tomorrow the heat wave begins in the southwest with high temps expected to be 105 to 107. Good mix of items coming this here: beans, corn, Bell peppers and eggplant. Expect watermelons and grapes to start early next week in light volumes and pick up over the next couple of weeks.

NORTHWEST: Heat wave in northern Oregon and southern Washington continues. Highs continue in the low to mid-80s through next Wednesday, May 9. Next Thursday, May 10 they are expecting a cold front to move through with chances of rain, and temps will drop down into the high 60s and low 70s. Average temps for this time of year are 64/42.

MEXICO: The climate is a mixed bag right now throughout the country. Rain projected for next seven days starting tomorrow in huge parts of central Mexico. In the states of Jalisco, Michoacan, Guantajuato, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas look for daily rain totals between half an inch and an inch for the next week. Also expect cooler temps in these regions with highs in the 70s and in some areas only getting in to the high 60s. Western Mexico in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora expect sunny skies and highs in the low 100s. Torreon will experience normal temperatures for the next 10 days with highs in the mid-90s and minimums in the high 60s.

LEAMINGTON, ON: Things will begin to cool off starting Sunday with a slight chance of rain. Next week highs will be in the mid-60s. A stronger chance of rain will come again next Thursday, May 10.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)