CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Cherry Blossom peak bloom moved up by one week

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If you're making plans to get out the Tidal Basin and see D.C.'s famous cherry blossoms at their peak, you might have to move them up by a few days.

(Photo: Associated Press)

The National Park Service has adjusted its initial forecast for the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. It's now estimated to begin on March 18.

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Two weeks ago, NPS officials said that they expected peak bloom to come between March 24 and 31. On Tuesday, ABC7 Meteorologist Adam Caskey said the sudden influx of spring-like temperatures could expedite the blooming of the iconic blossoms.

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled to run from March 20 through April 27. The event's organizers are expecting at least one million visitors to come through the District to celebrate the festival.

Peak bloom came on March 29 last year. The earlier peak bloom over the past two decades came in 2000, when it was achieved on March 17.

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