Park service: D.C. cherry blossoms at peak bloom

The view from the Tidal Basin shortly before 10 a.m. March 25, 2016. (WTOP/Rahul Bali)
The view from the Tidal Basin shortly before 10 a.m. March 25, 2016. (WTOP/Rahul Bali) (WTOP/Rahul Bali)
Pink cherry blossoms are budding along the Tidal Basin in D.C. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Peak bloom, when 70 percent of the blossoms are blooming, is expected to arrive by the weekend. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
Pink cherry blossoms are budding along the Tidal Basin in D.C. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Peak bloom, when 70 percent of the blossoms are blooming, is expected to arrive by the weekend. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
FILE -- The cherry blossoms and a glimpse of the Washington Monument on the morning of March 23, 2016. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart, File)
The cherry blossoms and a glimpse of the Washington Monument on the morning of March 23, 2016. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart) (WTOP/Kathy Stewart, File)
Some of the cherry blossom trees by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial have begun to bloom by the tidal basin in Washington, Monday, March 21, 2016. The trees are expected to hit peak bloom later this week, despite current cold temperatures, according to the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Some of the cherry blossom trees by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial have begun to bloom by the tidal basin in Washington, Monday, March 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The view from the Tidal Basin shortly before 10 a.m. March 25, 2016. (WTOP/Rahul Bali)
Pink cherry blossoms are budding along the Tidal Basin in D.C. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Peak bloom, when 70 percent of the blossoms are blooming, is expected to arrive by the weekend. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)
FILE -- The cherry blossoms and a glimpse of the Washington Monument on the morning of March 23, 2016. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart, File)
Some of the cherry blossom trees by the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial have begun to bloom by the tidal basin in Washington, Monday, March 21, 2016. The trees are expected to hit peak bloom later this week, despite current cold temperatures, according to the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are officially at peak bloom, the National Park Service announced Friday.

Seventy percent of the trees at the Tidal Basin are in full bloom as of Friday afternoon, National Park Service spokesman Mike Litterst said.

The peak bloom prediction has been adjusted several times over the past month after the region saw a mixture of warmer and cooler temperatures.

Peak bloom can last, on average, from four-10 days. The forecast in the coming week seems favorable for a peak-bloom period on the longer side, Litterst says.

“The weather forecast through the middle of next week shows slightly cooler temperatures, which will slow the bloom process and help to keep the blossoms on the trees,” Litterst said in a news release.

Any rain or strong winds could cause the blossoms to fall early, he reminds.

Get more cherry blossom information on WTOP’s National Cherry Blossom page.

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