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Cold coming for veg-, berry- and avocado-growing regions

While cold weather is headed to Florida as well as some of Mexico's veg-, berry- and avocado-growing regions, a mini heatwave is coming to the desert southwest in the U.S. and inland growing regions of Chile.

FLORIDA
Rain is coming to Florida on Wednesday and Thursday; the Sunshine State should also expect cold temps Saturday night.

Tomorrow and Thursday expect a decent amount of rain to hit all major growing regions up and down the state. Plant City is expecting a little over 1.5 inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday the temps will begin to drop, and Plant City will have a min temp of 42 on Saturday and 44 on Sunday. Strawberries are coming out of this region right now.

Belle Glade is also expecting up to 1.5 inches of rain between tomorrow and Thursday. The minimum temp for Saturday will be 45 but back up to 53 by Sunday. Belle Glade right now is shipping a large variety of commodities: Bell peppers, squash, beans, celery, cukes and corn.

Immokalee will see close to 1.75 inches of rain between tomorrow and Thursday. It will also see a dip in temps over the weekend with a minimum temp of 42 on Saturday and 48 on Sunday.

Arcadia and Palmetto/Ruskin will see the worst of the storm with almost 2.5 inches of rain tomorrow and Thursday. Temps will dip down to 40 on Saturday and 45 on Sunday.

COACHELLA VALLEY / YUMA
A mini heatwave is coming to the desert southwest this week.

Starting tomorrow the desert regions of Coachella, Imperial, Yuma and Mexicali will experience a four-day mini heat wave that will last through Saturday. The max temps for the region will be in the upper 70s will the possibility of 80 somewhere during those four days. The minimum temps will be in the upper 40s and low 50s. By Tuesday of next week the max temps will be back down into the upper 60s and minimum temps back down into the low 40s.

MEXICO
Another round of cold temps are coming to the veg, berry and avocado regions of Michoacán, Guanajuato and Puebla.

Starting this Wednesday nightly minimum temps will drop 10 to 12 degrees from where they are currently. Irapuato, Guanajuato will have a minimum temp of 37 on Wednesday, 35 on Thursday and Friday, and 38 on Saturday and Sunday. Leon and Cortazar, Guanajuato, will see minimum temps dip down to between 32 and 34 on Thursday and Friday.

Most berry-growing locations throughout the state of Michoacán will see near-freezing temps Wednesday through Saturday. La Piedad will have a minimum temp of 38 on Wednesday, 35 on Thursday and Friday and 39 on Saturday. Jacona will be 34 on Wednesday night, 30 on Thursday and 34 again on Friday. Zamora will dip down to 36 on Thursday and 39 on Friday.

Berries out of Baja California will not be affected.

Avocado regions of Michoacán will also experience cold weather. Uruapan will see a minimum temp of 38 on Thursday and 39 on Friday. Morelia will dip down to 37 on Wednesday, 34 on Thursday and Friday and then 36 on Saturday.

Culiacan will also experience somewhat cool temps this week that might slow down production just a bit out of the area. Tonight Culiacan will see a minimum temp of 49, unusually cold for this part of Mexico. The minimum temp for the region will be between 50 and 52 all week. Highs will be in the mid- to upper 80s. This region is shipping tomates, Bells, cukes and eggplant.

CHILE
Inland growing regions of Chile are experiencing a late spring heat wave. Santiago, Rancagua, San Felipe are experiencing highs in the upper 80s and low 90s and minimum temps in the low 60s. These temps are about 10 degrees above normal. These higher temps will last through next week at least and could bump up the start date for the peach harvest.

COASTAL CALIFORNIA
Oxnard and Santa Maria will experience mostly average temps over the next 10 days. The hottest day of the week will be this Thursday with a max temp of 73 in both locations but the remainder of the week and next week will see highs in the mid- to upper 60s and minimum temps in the mid- to upper 40s. Santa Maria has a 40 percent chance of rain for next Monday and Tuesday (Christmas Eve and Christmas).

The Weathermelon app 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)