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Cold weather to cool tomato, Bell pepper and cuke production

As we move into summer many growing regions are in full production across the country with more coming on every week.

California is going strong in all areas. The desert regions are still pumping out melons and grapes. Today the deserts will begin a mini four-day heat wave with highs today and tomorrow reaching 112 and 116 on Friday. Monday and Tuesday will cool off a few degrees and then next Tuesday highs will be back above 110.wear

The San Joaquin Valley will also experience higher temps. Expect highs in the southern half of the valley to be 100 today and 105 by Sunday, and back into the 90s by Monday. Stockton will see a high of 107 on Sunday.

Salinas/Watsonville will see temps move out of the high 60s by Friday and reach a high of 77 by Saturday. Next week will be back into the 60s.

Alabama's tomato-growing regions will have highs around 90 the next 10 days with a decent chance of rain on Friday.

Mature green tomatoes coming from Arkansas will see highs in the mid-90s for the next 10 days with high chance of rain today and tomorrow. Today expecting 0.75 inches of rain and tomorrow half an inch. Friday it will begin to dry out and there is currently no chance next week.

It is hot with daily chances of showers in Florida and Georgia. Highs in the region in the mid-90s and rain totals up to 0.25 inches daily.

In Michigan highs will range from the upper 70s to mid-80s for the next 10 days. Rain is coming to Michigan Friday and Saturday. Possibilities each day above 70 percent with totals of 0.25 inches each day and another chance of rain next Wednesday, June 27.

In New Jersey highs are ranging from upper 70s to mid-80s for the next 10 days, with an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday of 0.25 inches.   

Oregon and Washington are expecting normal temps through the end of this week and next with highs averaging in the mid-80s. No rain in the forecast.

Above average temps for South Carolina this week with highs in the mid-90s. Come next week there will be a chance of rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday above 0.25 inches each day. The rain will cool things off and high temps will only reach the mid-80s.

In Texas watermelons are coming out of various f.o.b. spots. McAllen is expecting over 1.5 inches of rain today and another half-inch tomorrow. The rest of Texas regions will be dry. Temps across the state will range from the mid-90s to the low 100s.

In the majority of greenhouse growing regions of Mexico rain and cooler weather is expected over the next 10 days. Quality should not be affected but expect a dip in production for tomatoes, Bell peppers and cukes. The only growing regions where rain is not expected in the next week are Torreon, Chihuahua and San Quintin, Baja California. These regions are known for their dry climate and consist mostly of shadehouses.    

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)