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Heat helps Coachella Valley pick and pack

Strong winds out west will continue throughout the next several days, peaking next Monday with wind speeds of up to 25 miles per hour up and down California. Temperatures will also be well below normal next Monday when a cold front will come through the state with a chance of rain.wear

We will see temps down into the low 40s near Salinas, Santa Maria, Oxnard and up and down the San Joaquin Valley. Starting Tuesday, April 17 things will begin to warm up again and will be back to normal temps by Friday.

With the Coachella Valley's heat over the last two weeks green beans, Bell peppers, corn and eggplant have begun picking and packing.

Expect another cold storm to come through Georgia on Sunday with 100 percent chance of rain and totals around one inch. Cold temps will be associated with this storm with minimums Sunday and Monday night in the low 40s and upper 30s. 

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(Chad Barton is a co-founder Weathermelon)