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Summer drought could affect fall in central Wisconsin

WAUSAU (WAOW) -

Summer is coming to an end in central Wisconsin.

Experts say this was one of the hottest on record, and the dry conditions we've seen could have an effect on fall.

If you are headed outdoors this Labor Day weekend, officials say fire danger is high.

"If you're at a campground and you have a fire for cooking or warming purposes, first of all you need to follow the regulations of the campground," said Lt. Douglas Flory, Wausau Fire Department. "Make sure your fire is not too big and always have water handy incase the fire gets out of control."

The National Weather Service says this was the 4th hottest summer in Wausau on record.

The hot dry summer weather caused problems for farmers, and officials say that raised the price of grain in the Midwest. 

And the fall color season could be in jeopardy. Experts say that's also because of the drought. There isn't enough moisture in the air, causing the leaves to dry out and drop early. Meaning fall colors won't be as vibrant.

Forecasters say there's a better chance to see fall colors up north.

Summer officially ends September 22nd.

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