About to catch fire

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BANK-HOL­I­DAY sun­shine aside, our slightly washout Au­gust could do won­ders for au­tumn dis­plays, claims the Forestry Com­mis­sion. The warm, dry spring will have slowed down trees’ sugar pro­duc­tion, which is what cre­ates the rus­set colours, says the Met Of­fice, but the wet sum­mer has al­lowed them to catch up. Slightly later than usual, there will be a crescendo of colour in the sec­ond half of Oc­to­ber and maples will start the sea­son, fol­lowed by beeches and oaks giv­ing us a ‘sec­ond au­tumn’ in Novem­ber.

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