With the official arrival of autumn ushering in cooler temperatures, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports 15-20 percent color change and very low leaf drop in northern Maine.

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“While we were fortunate to enjoy an extended summer-like weather pattern, our warm sunny days and crisp evening temperatures will start the succession of color from north to south. Typically, northern Maine begins to see peak or near peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October, with the rest of the state nearing peak conditions in the middle of October. If our weather pattern continues, we may still see an abundance of color in late October along the coast and the southern part of the state,” according to Gale Ross, fall foliage coordinator.

It’s the perfect time to drive or bike along the St. John Valley Cultural Byway. This route, rich with Maine's Acadian heritage and culture, runs 92 miles along the northern border of Maine and through the St. John Valley.

With a forecast of sunny skies predicted for the weekend, it’s a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the fall events happening in Maine.

Leaf peepers can visit the state’s official foliage website, www.mainefoliage.com and sign up to receive weekly reports by email and share their own photos from throughout the state as the progression of color begins.

For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to www.visitmaine.com.