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Temperatures and production warming up

A heat wave is heading to the Southwest. Starting Wednesday, March 28, above-average temps will arrive in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as the Coachella and Imperial valleys, Yuma AZ, and northern Mexico for the next 10 days.wear

Highs will be 12-18 degrees above normal. Look for the spring crops out of Coachella Valley and lower San Juaquin Valley to ripen quickly with the heat wave.

This heat should also help the ripening of melons coming out of southern Arizona later next month. In Mexico we are talking about the locations of Mexicali, Caborca, San Luis Rio Colorado in the states of Baja California and Sonora that will experience these higher temps. Coastal regions of California and Baja California will see above-average temps this Thursday and Friday but will then drop on Saturday to normal temps and will remain there through next week.

Georgia: The main peach-growing regions of Georgia will see above-average temps over next 10 days.

Florida: Above-average temps are expected for Florida the next 10 days. Northern Florida in the area of Alachua and Orlando will see highs in the mid- to upper 80s. Farther south in Immokalee and Belle Glade also see upper 80s and even some 90s over the next 10 days.

Tomatoes in Mexico: Culiacan and Ciudad Obregon will experience some cool nights over the next couple of days with minimums getting down to the lower 50s and upper 40s. Things will heat up starting Friday with highs in the mid-90s and minimums in the mid-50s and continue into next week. Torreon, Coahuilla in eastern Mexico will be the next area to start with tomatoes in mid- to late April. This area is experiencing perfect weather with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Persian limes: Look for another inch of rain to fall on Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday and Friday this week. Keep an eye on quality.

Central Mexico: The regions of Guanajuato, Puebla, Aguascalientes and Michoacán are experiencing average temps with no rain in the forecast. Commodities out of these regions, mostly crossing through McAllen, TX, should be in good shape: berries, wet veg, greenhouse Bell peppers and tomatoes.

No other major weather events are expected for the foreseeable future in the main growing regions at this time.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)