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Leaves start to change colors as we move closer to fall

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Rain helps makes the fall foliage more colorful. (WFSB) Rain helps makes the fall foliage more colorful. (WFSB)

Leaves are starting to change colors across the state, however is the lack of rain delaying the start of fall foliage.  

Eyewitness News visited Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury. The area is still pretty green, but hikers can see a few leaves starting to change colors.   

"I love to come up here,” Dan Connors, of Avon, said. “It’s a great view, a lot of awesome colors." 

While walking up the trail, a hiker will notice it’s dry. Rain helps makes the fall foliage more colorful.

"There are lots of factors that go into fall foliage and how the colors will be,” Channel 3 Meteorologist Mark Dixon said.

While it's been a dry summer, the rain that hit the state in the spring will help make the leaves colorful and so will some of the moderate temperatures. But we still need cooler nights to get that vibrant color.

“Connecticut’s woodlands are poised to present a brilliant display of colors this fall given spring and summer rainfall amounts and moderate temperatures. Continued moderate conditions will set Connecticut on a path toward an ideal foliage season this year,” Christopher Martin, who is a director/state forester for Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Division of Forestry and Bureau of Natural Resources said in a statement on Friday.

The leaves will start to change in the northern part of the state around Columbus Day. Then, the change will move towards the shore.

There are plenty of ways to see the foliage including several driving routes. To see the best places to see the fall foliage, click here.

Peak season is predicted to start between Oct. 9 to Oct. 16 in the northwest and northeast corners. The shoreline and lower Connecticut valley may go until early November.

As for Dan Fleming who enjoys hiking with his companion Danali, he said he wishes fall would stick around for a little longer.

"Fall’s one of the special times, don't you agree,” Fleming said.  

For more information on why leaves’ colors change, click here.

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