The beloved cherry blossom timber have reached peak bloom and the chilly temperatures this week in D.C. will assist the well-known flowers last more.

Last week’s unseasonably heat climate helped D.C.’s cherry blossoms attain peak bloom forward of schedule, the second-earliest peak bloom on file. Now, a burst of cooler temperatures will even assist the well-known flowers to last more.

“This actually is completely the best circumstances you’d ask for when you get to peak bloom,” mentioned National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst.

Warm climate accelerates the bloom cycle, and the arrival of cooler temperatures in D.C. will assist the blossoms stick round, Litterst mentioned.

“Those blossoms are ultimately going to get replaced by leaves, and that will occur a lot faster if the nice and cozy temperatures had stayed,” he informed WTOP. “Now that the temperatures have dropped a bit and cooled off, we’ll see the blossoms on for a little bit bit longer earlier than they’re changed by leaves.”


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Peak bloom sometimes lasts for seven to 10 days, however Litterst mentioned that would stretch to 2 weeks this 12 months.

“We’re not going to have wind. We have a little bit little bit of rain, however not a lot. No extreme climate that’s going to convey the petals down early,” he mentioned. “Could be by the tip of subsequent week, we’re nonetheless seeing blossoms.”

If you’d wish to see the cherry blossom timber in individual, Litterst recommends coming round 10 or 11 a.m. on a weekday morning for higher parking and smaller crowds.

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