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Cool temps provide no relief for tight markets

Areas of Mexico continue to be unseasonably cool. Florida will be cold the next two nights, followed by a five-day warming trend; look for production to slow down for the rest of the week. In the central coast of California, rain and cold weather might slow down production as well.wear

Tonight and tomorrow night will see minimum temps in the low to mid-40s up and down Florida. Plant City, FL, will be 40 tonight and 45 on Wednesday. Immokalee, FL, will have a minimum of 43 tonight and tomorrow. Belle Glade, FL, will be 46 the next two nights. Highs for the remainder of the week will only be in the 60s. Starting Saturday things will change dramatically and the state will begin to warm up well above normal temps. Maximum temps from Saturday through Wednesday of next week will be in the mid- to upper 80s and minimum temps will be in the mid- to upper 60s. Look for production to pick up across the board next week.

Rain and cold is coming to the central coast of California this week. Starting today the Salinas and Santa Maria growing areas will have a high probability of rain over the next three days. Both regions are expecting a total of 1.5 inches over the three-day period. Along with this rain will come a blast of cold air that will take minimum temps down in the low 40s starting this Thursday and into the upper 30s from Sunday through at least Wednesday of next week. These regions are already on their way out for the season with many crops.

Desert growing regions will also experience below-average temps over the next 10 days. The average temps for the Coachella Valley this time of year are a high of 82 and a low of 54. Currently the minimum temps are in the mid-40s with highs in the upper 70s. On Thursday, the same cold front affecting Salinas will make its way through the Coachella Valley. Starting this Friday expect the maximum temps to be in the low 70s, and by next Monday to only be in the mid-60s. On Friday the minimum temps will also begin to drop, and by Monday minimums will be into the 30s and will continue at least through next Wednesday.

Yuma, AZ, will follow the same pattern of cooling with temps beginning to drop starting this Friday with the maximum only reaching 71 and the minimum dipping into the 40s. By next Tuesday, Dec. 4 Yuma will see a maximum temp of 63 and a minimum of 42. This is about 20 below normal for this time of year.

In Culiacan, Sinaloa, which is the region everyone is waiting for to see some relief in the tomato market, continues to have temps well below normal for this time of the year. The average temps in Culiacan for November are 94/68. Culiacan is now entering its second week with minimum temps in the 50s and highs in the mid to upper 80s. This Saturday the minimum temps will drop down to 54 and on Tuesday, Dec. 4 the minimum temp will only be 52. These low temps will continue all next week. These temps may affect production and delay market relief.

The state of Sonora will also see unusually low temps starting this Friday through next week with maximums in the mid 70s and minimums in the upper 40s. These temps are about 15 below normal.

Guanajuato and Queretaro (El Bajio) regions will see rain and cold weather over the next 10 days. This region is expecting up to an inch of rain between tomorrow and Thursday with minimum temps in the mid to low 40s over the next 10 days.

The berry and avocado-growing regions of Michoacán will see at least one inch of rain tomorrow and minimum temps in the 40s over the next 10 days.

Other regions of Mexico will also be unseasonably cool, please check the Weathermelon app for more specific locations.

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)