This is a map from the U.S. Drought Monitor and is now showing southern New England in some type of drought, the beginnings of a drought and it looks like it will get more severe as time goes on without any type of rainfall.
We are in the first shading, the color yellow. Yellow stands for D-0, which means that it has been and is abnormally dry. This outlook comes out once a week and we will likely see more of southern and even central New England in the yellow shading, and some parts of southern New England may pass into D-1, a moderate drought. The top layer of soil is really getting baked out as we have nearly 100 percent sunshine days which really evaporates any water on the surface of the soil. That is why many of your lawns are starting to turn brown and crusty. Also, this is partially why that some trees have decided to lose leaves early and turn prematurely as well. It will likely be a poor year for fall foliage this year with early leaf loss inhibiting nice color and the color that does develop in October will likely be dimmed a bit because of early changing. We'll see.