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Veg markets ready to take off as freeze hits parts of Mexico

Since Friday, forecasted minimum temps in Mexico have been adjusted down even further. Starting last night the minimum temp in Torreon was 34, tonight and tomorrow will be 27 and Thursday 36. Anything left in the shade houses such as tomatoes, Bell peppers, cukes are expected to be lost. The same will be the case for these commodities coming out of Durango, which will have a minimum temp of 23 tonight and 26 tomorrow.wear

In the area of San Luis Potosi they will have minimums of 36 tonight and 34 on Wednesday. They will lose any tomato and chili production still remaining. Citrus should be OK.  

Tomatoes, cukes and chili peppers being harvested out of Zacatecas could all be lost. Tonight will see a minimum of 25, and 26 on Wednesday night.

The growing region of Guanajuato, where the majority of lettuces and winter veg come from, will see a minimum temp of 39 tonight and 35 on Wednesday. Production will definitely slow down. 

The avocado regions of Michoacán will see cooler temps with minimums of 46 tonight and 42 Wednesday through Friday.

Even the lime-growing regions of Veracruz will be affected. Martinez de la Torre will have a minimum temp tonight of 48 and will stay in the low to mid-50s for the remainder of the week.

The berry-growing regions of Michoacán and Guanajuato will see minimum temps in the low 40s and upper 30s all week.

Cold temps will hit in the deserts of Southern California this week as well. Last night Coachella had a minimum temp of 40. Tonight will see the temp get down to 41 and stay in 40s all week. Production will be affected. Cold temps are also expected in Santa Maria and Salinas all this week as minimums will remain the 40°s.

Georgia is still expecting extreme cold temperatures this week starting Wednesday. Minimums will be in the upper 30s and low 40s through the weekend. The cold should bring an end to their fall season.

For specific locations and commodities that will be affected please reference the Weathermelon app, which 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)