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Cold weather hitting San Joaquin Valley, Georgia and Florida

Colder-than-normal weather is affecting crops coming out of Georgia, Florida and the San Joaquin Valley, as well as berries and tomaties. At the same time heavy rains could take a toll on limes coming out of Mexico. wear

Michoacan berry-growing regions will experience below-average minimums temps over the next 10 days. Depending on the exact region the minimum will get down into the low 40s with temperatures getting progressively cooler throughout next week. The coldest night of the week will be Friday, Nov 2. The minimum temps on average are about 10 degrees below normal.

Martinez de la Torre, Veracruz, the lime capital of the world, will experience heavy rains this weekend. Starting today and lasting through Monday, Martinez may see up to five inches of rain over the four-day period, with Sunday seeing the bulk of the rain 2.75 inches. Look for a possible delay of harvest at the start of the week.

Growing locations for the northeast and central growing regions of Mexico will still see cooler temps next week with minimums as low as the mid-40s, possibly resulting in a reduction in volumes later next week and into the first week of November for product through McAllen.

San Joaquin Valley
Cooler temps are coming to the valley next week. Depending on the exact location minimum temps could get down into the mid-40s. The colder weather will start this Sunday and will last through Wednesday, Oct 31. On average the minimum temps will be about 10 degrees below normal. Daytime highs will stay warm, around normal for this time of year.

Southern Georgia / Florida
Cooler temps are still expected for this region starting this Saturday and lasting through next Wednesday. Temps will drop by an average of 10 degrees with minimums getting down into the 40s in Georgia and into the mid-50s throughout northern and central Florida. Southern Florida will see minimum temps in the mid- to low 60s during this same four-day period, which is still 10 to 12 degrees below normal.

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)