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First frost coming to Florida, Georgia

Starting today look for temps in and around Quincy, FL, to begin a downward slide that will culminate next Tuesday with min temps touching the freezing mark.weat

Look for the min temp to only reach 43 tonight, which is a drop of 20 degrees from yesterday. Today’s max temp will only reach 66. These cooler temps will continue through the weekend. Next Tuesday a storm will come through the area dropping the temps even more -- the min is expected to drop to 32 on Tuesday and Wednesday. Come Thursday the min temps will be back into the 40s, but by then the damage will be done. This could cause serious damage to plants.

Although central and southern Florida are coming online with their winter tomato crops, western Florida is still a significant player. Expect growers to go in and pick heavy before the cold temps come next week.

SOUTHERN GEORGIA TO FREEZE NEXT WEEK - THANKSGIVING GREEN BEANS MAY BE LOST
The first frost of the season is coming to Georgia next week. The same cold weather hitting northern Florida next week will take its toll on southern Georgia as well. The regions of Sumpter County, Moultrie and Quitman will all see freezing temps next Monday and Tuesday night. Tuesday, Nov. 12 will be the coldest of the two nights with forecast temps to drop to 30. Wednesday night is expected to be 32.

Look for the green bean crops to be wiped out. Other items currently coming from this region are Bell peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, greens and squash. If you are pulling from these areas take precautions and stock up now.

EXPECT HOT TEMPS TO EXELERATE YUMA LETTUCE
After a cooler than normal October and first few days of November in Yuma things have changed, and temps are really heating up.

The last month saw a significant amount of days with average daily temps below normal in Yuma with the coldest temps coming in the last seven days of October and the first few days of November. Average temps for these days were more than 10 degrees below normal.

Temps began to make the change this past Monday and now appear to be on a hot streak for the at least the next 10 days. Look for max temps to be 90 over the next 10 days with min temps in the low 60s. Look for production of lettuce and other crops to start within the next 10 days.

Coachella Valley is experiencing the same weather. Look for product to start there within the next week.

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)