California cold snap eases

Icy oranges in Redlands, CA, USA, 15 Jan 2013 (AP)

Icy oranges in Redlands, CA, USA, 15 Jan 2013 (AP)

The cold spell in California may be coming to an end but citrus growers say crops in the state have been damaged by temperatures that have dipped to as a low as -5 C during the past few nights.

The mandarin orange crop has been especially hard hit.

Even the major cities have been unusually cold with downtown Los Angeles dropping to near freezing on Monday morning setting a new record.

Farmers in neighbouring Arizona are also reporting losses especially to lettuce crops and prices are predicted to soar as a result.

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