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Spotty Fall Colors Likely in New England Amid Drought

A tree with yellow and brown leaves, center, stands near a statue Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Concord, Mass. This summer's drought is expected to cause a patchy array of fall color in the leaf-peeping haven of New England. Experts predict that it will be more spread out this year with some trees changing earlier or even browning and dropping leaves because of the drought. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A tree with yellow and brown leaves, center, stands near a statue Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Concord, Mass. This summer's drought is expected to cause a patchy array of fall color in the leaf-peeping haven of New England. Experts predict that it will be more spread out this year with some trees changing earlier or even browning and dropping leaves because of the drought. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP) -- This summer's drought is expected to cause a patchy array of fall color starting earlier in the leaf-peeping haven of New England while the autumn colors are likely to be muted and not last as long in the drought- and heat-stricken areas of the south.

In New England, experts anticipate the season, which typically peaks in October, to be more spread out with some trees changing earlier or even browning and dropping leaves because of the drought. Other places, like Texas, could see colors emerging later in the fall due to warm temperatures.