Peak bloom date for cherry blossoms pushed back

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WASHINGTON, DC —  If you’re planning to see the cherry blossom’s along D.C.’s Tidal Basin, you’ll have to wait a little longer.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday peak bloom time for cherry blossoms is now March 19-22.  Last week, NPS predicted the peak bloom would be March 14-17.  The agency says the date has been pushed back due to the cooler temperature the D.C. area will experience this weekend.

The peak bloom date is defined as the day when 70 percent of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which features street festivals, a fireworks display and other events, is scheduled to run March 15-April 16.