Summer drought could lead to drab fall foliage

After a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend , a change in weather patterns will usher in much cooler weather.

Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma are known for the incredible fall colours come late September and early October, but this year might be a little different.

Near drought conditions in most Ontario this Summer could impact just how colourful the fall season will be, or lack of colour to be more precise.

Long range forecasts released today for the rest of the Summer and Fall shows Ontario and the Algoma region will remain dry for the most part and warm. Two factors that impact when the leaves turn and how long they keep their colour and the intensity of the colour.

“Lack of rainfall and resulting stress to trees over eastern Canada could result in an early leaf fall this upcoming season, which means some early color, but not as colorful or sustained as it normally is during peak times later in the season,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

“September could still bring record warmth and higher-than-usual humidity to southern and central Ontario,” Anderson said




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