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Western veggies, melons on the way, but where are the blueberries?

The heat wave coming to the desert southwest and the San Joaquin Valley this weekend will last through the end of next week at least. High temps will start Saturday. The Coachella Valley, Imperial Valley and western Arizona will see highs in the low 100s -- about 20 degrees higher than average for this time of year -- and minimums in the high 60s. Next week we should see good volumes coming out of this region on green beans, Bell peppers and corn. Look for eggplant out of the Coachella Valley to start next week and for honeydew and cantaloupe to start later this month out of the desert southwest.


Bakersfield, Visalia and Modesto, CA, will see highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 50s. Averages this time of year are high of 70 and low 46. Broccoli, lettuces and asparagus are coming out of the San Joaquin Valley now.

The heatwave will not make its way to the coast of California. Highs will remain only in the 60s and low 70s for Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard. High winds -- up to 20 miles per hour -- are expected for Santa Maria and Oxnard this Wednesday and Thursday.

Where are the blueberries? Production out of Mexico and Florida is still light, while Georgia and California have not started. In Georgia temps continue on the cool side through this week and next with a chance of rain next Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24. Look for production to start at the end of the month. California is behind schedule due the cool and wet March.

Look for temps to remain normal in Florida for the next 10 days, with highs in the 80s and minimums in the 60s. There's a chance of showers this Saturday through next Wednesday up and down the state. Tomatoes are starting in Palmetto/Ruskin; look for good volume of big fruit and less inventory on small fruit.

The northwest desert regions of Mexico will participate in the heatwave next week. Starting Saturday the grape-growing regions of Hermosillo and Caborca will see highs in the mid- to upper 90s, about 10 degrees above normal. Ciudad Obregón will also experience above-average temps; Culiacan will be in the mid- to upper 90s all this week and next; and Torreon is expecting normal highs in the mid-90s.

The berry-growing regions of Jalisco and Michoacan will experience average temps the next 10 days and no rain. The Bajio region of Guanajuato looks good with normal temps. The only area with issues is in the state of Puebla, where this is a strong chance of rain starting this Saturday and continuing through next Wednesday.

Etzatlan, Jalisco, is one of the major regions for greenhouse Bell peppers out of Mexico, and temps in this area are perfect with highs in the low 90s and minimums in the low 50s.

In Leamington, ON, expect minimums at or below freezing through this Saturday. Starting next Monday, April 23, they will finally see highs into the 50s and minimums in the 40s.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)