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Brightest fall colours in Ottawa-Gatineau still to come

It's shaping up to be a stellar year for fall colours, thanks to the weather, and an expert says the best is yet to come.

Low temperatures, bright sunlight help create red pigments in maples

Cold weather and bright sunshine are the secret to red maple leaves, and the best is yet to come. 1:42

It's shaping up to be a stellar year for fall colours, thanks to the weather, and an expert says the best is yet to come.

It's been a good year for colourful fall foliage, and an expert says the brightest leaves haven't yet arrived. (CBC)
Thousands of spectators are filling Gatineau Park to take in the sensational fall foliage. The science behind that view involves the right mix of temperature and sunlight.

"The two key factors that lead to really vibrant red colours in the fall are low temperatures and high light," says Jeffery Saarela, a research scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Saarela says the best fall views haven't yet arrived. If the weather co-operates, colours should peak with more vibrant reds in the next couple of weeks.

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