October lies in the middle of the autumn season in North Carolina, with rapidly changing temperatures. The average high temperatures are in the warm range of 60°F (15.6°C) to 75°F (23.9°C), while the average low temperatures are between 40°F (4.4°C) to 57°F (13.9°C). October receives the lowest rainfall of the year, but it registers above 2" (51mm) in most places. Nights tend to be on the colder side but stay above freezing even in the coldest parts of the high west. The southerly winds drop moisture while overcoming the mountain barrier to bring precipitation in the southwest. Lakes and mountains are ideal places to watch sunrise and sunset in the fall season. The brilliant autumn colors cover the landscape, especially in the western mountainous region. Forests consist of pine, spruce, oak, and aspen, each assuming a different shade of color. Wear a jacket in the evenings to counter the breeze. October is the period of the greatest dip in temperatures in North Carolina.