By Andrea Romano
April 06, 2018
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It's officially the best time to enjoy spring in Washington, D.C. The National Park Service announced the cherry blossom trees in D.C. hit peak bloom on Thursday, and the best time for viewing will continue for up to seven days.

This year's peak bloom is the latest since 2014 and 2015, when the peak bloom hit on April 10, The the Washington Post reported. Considering the harsh, late-winter storms that have hit the eastern seaboard in February, it's no surprise that the flowers have taken their time to bloom.

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The National Park Service's initial report for peak bloom was supposed to be between March 17 and March 20, and then to March 27 to March 30. The unpredictable, cold and rainy weather most likely delayed the bloom this year.

The National Park Service tweeted that under "ideal conditions" the trees could even hold their blooms for up to two weeks. Cherry blossom trees are very delicate and do best in sunny, mild weather, with no wind or precipitation.

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Over the next four to seven days, however, it's unlikely that conditions will be ideal for the trees.

According to Weather.com, conditions on Friday will be warm and mild, but will become much cooler over the weekend, with the high temperature at 46 degrees on Saturday and 49 degrees on Sunday.

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On Monday and Tuesday, temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s with some rain, with winds from 5 to 20 mph. Midweek, the weather returns to being partly cloudy and a little warmer, with highs in the 50s on Wednesday and 60s on Thursday.

If the trees can hang on until Wednesday, locals and visitors may be able to enjoy the bloom with some very lovely spring weather.

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