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Cherry blossom peak bloom pushed to April 3-6

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Washington is going to have to wait a little longer to see the city's iconic cherry blossoms at peak bloom.

The new peak bloom is expected to come between April 3 and 6. Photo: ABC7

The National Park Service said Tuesday that they plan to push back this year's projected peak bloom to between April 3 and 6. The original bloom dates had been set for between March 26 and 30.

An NPS spokesperson said Monday that the blooms are currently at 70 percent of peak.

It's the second straight year that park officials have had to revise their peak bloom date. In 2012, officials originally issued a peak bloom projection of March 24 to 31, but the bloom actually came on March 20.

“I was really, really hoping to see the cherry blossoms, when we got here it was really cold and rainy,” says Lawrence Johnson.

That cold and dreary weather has slowed the budding process for the cherry blossoms. Park service officials announced Tuesday the trees will be at their peak a week later than expected.

“My sister lives here, she was showing us pictures of what they look like when they're in full bloom, so I'm just disappointed we missed it,” says tourist Hannah Hefner.

It was disappointing news for many tourists who made their way through the tidal basin Tuesday. Many planned their vacations long ago and hoped they'd get the timing right.

“The greens already started to come out, so once the contrast comes from the actual trees, I can't imagine,” says tourist Brandon Jackson.

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