Editor's note: An updated version of this story can be found here.


Peak bloom for Washington's cherry blossoms will be March 26 to March 30, the National Park service announced Monday.

The bloom will coincide with this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is scheduled for March 20 to April 14. The festival commemorates the 101st anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry blossom trees to the U.S.

This year's peak is expected to be later than last year's, when warm temperatures had the blossoms in full force as early as March 20. The average peak bloom date is April 4, according to the festival's website.