Peak foliage colors arrive in Maine

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Fog drifts through a Christmas tree farm near Starks Mountain, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Fryeburg. Christmas might be in a little less than three months, but the search is on for the perfect 45 to 60-foot tall tree to display outdoors in Portland’s largest city. The Fryeburg tree farm caters to households with much lower height restrictions.

Despite the warm temperatures, autumn has arrived in Maine, according  to the Fall Foliage Report from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The weekly report predicts 70 percent color for the upcoming weekend in northern Maine while the rest of the state foliage hasn’t reached peak color.

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“To bring about the intensity of the autumn colors, we look forward to the warm days followed by cool nights. As the days begin to get shorter and the nights longer, the dazzle will soon be visible in central, southern, coastal and western mountains of Maine,” according to Gale Ross, fall foliage spokesperson.

In addition to looking a lot like fall, northern Maine will feel more like autumn too. 

The National Weather Service says the temperature hit 88 degrees on Tuesday for a second consecutive day in Caribou. Forecasters say there’s going to be a gradual cooldown and temperatures will turn more autumn-like by Thursday.

All told, there have been four consecutive daily high temperature records set in the city. Meteorologist Victor Nouhan says it’s the longest streak of 80-degree days recorded this late in the season in Caribou.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A motorist travels down a country road as the rising sun burns through thick fog, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Fryeburg. After the fog dissipates the temperature is expected to climb as high as 90-degrees in parts of the state. The warm, humid weather is more typical for summer rather than the final week of September. 

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