Washington DC: Cherry Blossom

On average, DC’s cherry blossoms bloom around the last week of March into the first week of April. But it varies year to year based on weather conditions, so it can also be a little before or after that period.

On March 1, the National Park Service predicted that peak bloom will occur around March 22-25.

On February 28, the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang predicted that peak bloom will fall around March 24, or in a window of March 22 to 26.

These predictions can change as we get closer and see how the temperatures play out in the lead-up to the bloom.

When Do Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms Bloom?

Warmer temperatures in the late winter into early spring bring the blossoms out earlier. Cooler temperatures push them later. The flowers generally last a week or two–but again, just how long they stay around depends on the weather.

In recent decades, the bloom has been trending earlier. (Of course, there are always exceptions.)