October is the heart of the autumn of Wisconsin with brilliant colors and mild weather. Average high temperatures tend to be comfortable in the day in the 57°F (13.9°C) to 62°F (16.7°C), while the nights are cold with average low temperatures in the 32°F (0°C) to 45°F (7.2°C) range. October has an average of 16 bright days, with the intensity of sun rays at nearly 60% of the peak. Mid-autumn is the period of peak fall foliage as even the hardwoods change colors by this time, and the landscape fills with brilliant shades in the backdrop of the beautiful hills. Appleton in the east averages between 40°F (4.4°C) to 57°F (13.9°C), Beloit in the southwest lies between 40°F (4.4°C) to 62°F (16.7°C), while Ashland near Lake Superior Shore is between 34°F (1.1°C) to 55°F (12.8°C). Fall afternoons are breezy, while evenings and nights tend to be cold in most places. Mornings and middays, provide perfect weather to drive by the scenic roadways and walk or bike in the comfortable weather.