California: Heatwave to hit several major growing regions while east enjoys respite

July 23 , 2019

California will experience a heatwave all this week that will affect several major growing regions, according to agricultural weather forecaster Weathermelon.

The San Joaquin Valley will see maximum temps well above 100° all week, while Bakersfield and Fresno will be at 105° mid-week and will rise to 107° on Thursday where it will remain through Monday, it says.

Similar temperatures will be experienced in the north of the valley, and are not expected to drop below 100º until Aug. 30. Weathermelon said this could lead to possible quality issues on items such as tomatoes, melons and peppers out of these areas.

The second main area of mention is the Salinas Valley. Weathermelon says temperatures will rise to 99º on Thursday and remain at this elevated level through next Monday.

Meanwhile, the Oxnard/Ventura region along the southern coast of California will also experience well above average temps for this time of year, albeit a little lower than the aforementioned regions.

Produce coming out of these areas now include berries, lemons, and bell peppers.

Meanwhile, after a weekend of grueling heat through the Midwest and Northeast many parts of the East Coast will see a good shot of rain and below-average temperatures.

From Pennsylvania in the north all the way down through Virginia, the Carolinas and into Georgia many growing regions can expect between 1.00” to 1.75” of rain on Tuesday.   

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