Britain is set for a “spectacular” autumn – with even more gorgeous colors than usual, experts say

  • Autumn officially begins in the northern hemisphere on September 23rd
  • Experts say the wet spring and hot June will pave the way for a “spectacular show.”

It’s almost time to pull your sweaters out of storage and pour yourself a pumpkin spice latte because fall is officially here on September 23rd.

Forestry England experts say the combination of a rainy spring and June’s record-breaking temperatures has paved the way for a “spectacular autumn show”.

Andrew Smith, director of Westonbirt Arboretum, said: “It’s amazing to see how all the different factors come together to produce autumn colors every year.”

“While the wet spring and reduced sunlight can bring pleasant surprises, other elements also play an important role.”

“Factors such as genetics, tree species, elevation and local climate conditions all contribute to the magical spectacle.” This combination ensures that the intensity and timing of fall colors remains a wonderful mystery each year.”

Forestry England experts say the combination of a rainy spring and June's record-breaking temperatures has paved the way for a

Forestry England experts say the combination of a rainy spring and June’s record-breaking temperatures has paved the way for a “spectacular autumn show”.

Data from the Met Office shows this spring has been particularly wet, with rainfall 55 per cent above average across the UK.

Although this rain has dampened the spirits of many Brits, it has done wonders for the growth of trees in the UK.

“This abundance of rain has helped set the stage for a stunning display of colorful autumn leaves,” Forestry England said.

“This is because the rain has provided the soil with plenty of moisture, which contributes to strong and healthy growth.”

After this rainy spring, the UK basked in record-breaking heat in June, with average daily temperatures of 15.8°C – 2.5°C above average.

This sunny weather has allowed Britain’s trees to thrive, according to Forestry England.

“A lot of sunshine means a good growing season for the country’s forests, helping them build up abundant sugars that produce the stunning reds, golds and oranges of autumn when they are reabsorbed by the tree,” it says.

After this rainy spring, the UK basked in record-breaking heat in June, with average daily temperatures of 15.8°C - 2.5°C above average

After this rainy spring, the UK basked in record-breaking heat in June, with average daily temperatures of 15.8°C – 2.5°C above average

“Rather than following the usual pattern, the early spring weather could lead to a more gradual and enchanting change in leaf colors this fall, creating a beautiful mix of colors that is truly unique.”

The arrival of fall colors could also be influenced by the hot start to this month.

“If temperatures remain high, this may delay the start of autumn and the subsequent leaf color change,” Forestry England said.

The leaves change color as the days get shorter and temperatures get cooler, with the green chlorophyll beginning to disappear and yellow and orange hues remaining.

“While the warm weather may change the start of autumn somewhat, it may also extend it, giving people more chances to witness nature’s magnificent transformation,” Forestry England added.

Drew Weisholtz

Drew Weisholtz is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Drew Weisholtz joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: DrewWeisholtz@worldtimetodays.com.

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