U.S.: Record West Coast heat could boost production, affect quality
Excessively high temperatures on the U.S. West Coast could boost the production of some produce items and potentially impact quality, according to Weathermelon.
California on Friday was bracing for days of hot conditions and dangerous winds, with warnings in much of Northern California as well the Los Angeles area.
Southern California is in the midst of a fall heatwave, with temperatures at least 10 degrees warmer than usual, said Jimmy Taeger, a National Weather Service meteorologist in San Diego.
Temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to over 100 degrees are expected across much of the Southland. The coolest beaches in the region are expected to see the mid- or upper 80s, forecasters say.
Weathermelon said the Oxnard/Camarillo area reached a high of 99°F on Tuesday. This ties a record previously set in 1965.
The high temps continued in the upper 90°s Wednesday and Thursday. This region is also experiencing high winds.
Meanwhile, Salinas on Thursday had a high of 95° while Santa Maria had a high of 97°. These same temperatures will continue through Friday.
Weathermelon expected there could be increased production of strawberries, raspberries, bell peppers, lettuces and other wet vegetables from these three regions.
But these extreme temperatures may also create some quality issues, it said.
Next week Salinas and Santa Maria are likely to see low temperatures in the mid to lower 40°s, dramatically reducing production compared to this week. Oxnard is forecast to see low temps in the 50°s next week.