Cool weather helping to keep DC's cherry blossoms around longer

Another cool day is in store for the nation's capital -- but look on the bright side. The crisp and calm temperatures may be helping to keep one of the most famous sights in Washington, D.C. around a little longer!

The city's famous cherry blossoms reached 'peak bloom' on Monday. The National Park Service spends months tracking and forecasting the 'peak bloom' period -- the time frame when more than 70 percent of the trees blossom.

FOX 5 spoke with Mike Litterst of the National Park Service on Monday who said the cooler air that's expected early this week could keep the blossoms around through the weekend. Litterst said this past weekend's winds didn't blow too many of the colorful flowers off of the trees because the blossoms are still strong and hanging onto the branches at this early point in their development cycle. Litterst said we can expect to see the blossoms in to the weekend and possibly early next week.

The breezy winds have cleared out and highs should be in the low-50s Tuesday, says FOX 5's Mike Thomas. Keep an eye out for showers later tonight after 5 p.m. -- especially in areas to the east of the Interstate-95 corridor. Warmer air and sunshine are expected to move in Wednesday and heading into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to hit 70 degrees on Saturday and climb to nearly 75 degrees on Sunday.

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