NEW HAVEN —Warm weather is expected to stretch longer into autumn than usual this year in the Northeast, according to a forecast released Wednesday by Accuweather.
“There are probably going to be people at the beaches for a longer duration this year compared to other years,” AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said in a release.
“The persistent warmth may lead to a delayed foliage season in the Northeast — though, generally, a vibrant display is predicted, thanks in part to dryness anticipated before the turn of the leaves,” Accuweather noted in the release.
Temperatures are forecast to cool by October, but snow is not expected until winter except in the highest elevations.
According to an analysis by the National Weather Service last updated in 2016, the temperature typically ranges between 58.3 and 74 degrees in the Bridgeport area during the month of September.
The warmest September on record during the period occured in 2015, when the average temperature was 71.1 degrees. The coolest occured in 1963, which had an average temperature of 61.5 degrees.
According to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, fall foliage season usually “begins in late September and extends through early November,” with peak color expected between Oct. 5 and Nov. 8.