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Record heat, an early rainy season and peachy keen blues

Depending on which city in the Coachella Valley you follow for weather info there is record-tying heat this week going back almost 80 years. Today, tomorrow and Thursday will see a high temp of 107. The last time it was this hot on May 8 you have to go back to 1941; the hottest day on record for May 9 was 108 back 2001, and the for May 10 it was 109 in 1934. The average high for this time of year is 92.wear

Needless to say, temps in the Coachella Valley this week have been extraordinary. This heat will definitely cause crops to mature much faster and create more supply but might also affect qualities. On Friday the extreme heat is expected to break and temps will move down slightly to highs of 101 to 102.

It appears the rainy season for Florida and parts of Mexico has come early this year.

Starting this Thursday you can expect high percentage possibilities of daily rains throughout Florida. Depending on the region there is a chance of more than half an inch of rain daily. Higher rain totals are expected the farther south you go. These rains will continue for the foreseeable future based on the 10-day forecast. As winter veg out of south Florida winds down this rain could cause the season to come to an abrupt end.

Mexico’s rainy season also seems to have started much earlier than normal. The high plateau and mountainous regions of central Mexico are now receiving rain on a daily basis. This is typical for these regions of Mexico but not this early in the summer. Usually these rains start in late May to early June. In the states of Jalisco and Michoacán they can expect daily rain totals of 0.3 inches to half an inch.

Grapes coming out of the Jalisco region will experience these rains. Any shadehouse tomatoes and veg in these regions may also be affected. In the state of Puebla you can expect rains on a daily basis as well with daily totals up to an inch. The Bajio region will also experience daily rain storms for the next 10 days at least.

The western coastal regions of Mexico in the states of Sinaloa and Obregon will remain hot and dry with highs in the upper 90s and low 100s and minimums in the mid-60s. These areas are still experiencing low humidity with no chance of rain the forecast. Production out of these areas will begin to slow down over the next few weeks. Torreon and Zacatecas are also experiencing perfect weather with low humidity and highs in the mid-90s and minimums in the mid-60s.

In the last week Georgia shipped approximately 100 loads of blueberries, surpassing Florida and Mexico. Weather in Georgia is perfect with highs in the mid-80s and minimums in the mid-60s. North Carolina, which is experiencing similar weather, is the next region to begin in the blueberry world; expect production to begin the next couple of weeks.

Hot weather continues for southern Washington. The Yakima and Wenatchee valleys will continue with perfect growing conditions -- highs in the upper 80s and minimums in the mid-50s.

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)