September is the beginning of the beautiful autumn season in Kentucky as the heat steps down considerably by the second half of the month. Fall is the driest season, yet the sunshine is bright and lasts for 7 to 8 hours. The humidity is on the wane, and the skies bid goodbye to cloud cover. The average high temperatures are between the comfortable 77°F (25°C) to 83°F (28.3°C) range, while the nights are in the mild 55°F (12.8°C) to 61°F (16.1°C) zone. Baxter in the north-central region registers between 56°F (13.3°C) to 79°F (26.1°C), Covington in the south-central area is in the range of 57°F (13.9°C) to 78°F (25.6°C), while Henderson in the west is between 58°F (14.4°C) to 81°F (27.2°C). The first burst of color takes place as early as mid-September, with the first changes in the east and north that progress steadily to the west and south. The time to pick apples and pumpkins and make campfires is due. September is the beginning of the tourist season in Kentucky.