October is the period of peak foliage in Mississippi, with comfortable temperatures and pleasant conditions. The driest month of the year is also the calmest with the decline in storm activity. The landscape attains brilliant hues of orange, red, yellow, and purple. The average temperatures are between a mild 45°F (7.2°C) to warm 80°F (26.7°C), with refreshing mornings and breezy evenings. Gulfport in the coastal area is between 60°F (15.6°C) to 79°F (26.1°C), while Hattiesburg in the south is in the 56°F (13.3°C) to 78°F (25.6°C) range. There is no shortage of sunshine during the peak of autumn, with the sunlight lasting at least 8 hours a day. Fall offers ideal weather to explore the state forests and camp in the night under the starlit sky. Stargazing the clear skies of autumn, with a crackling campfire and dear ones for company, is a dream come true for many. The harvest season is in earnest and brings plenty of produce to the farm stands and markets. October is an ideal time to visit Mississippi.