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Signs of spring: Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom this week as predicted in DC

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    Visitors to the Tidal Basin view the cherry blossom trees as they begin to bloom, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)The Associated Press

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    Nick Cath of Fairfax, Va., plays the guitar for Amanda Pappas, of Falls Church, Va., as they view the cherry blossom trees near the Tidal Basin, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)The Associated Press

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    The Jefferson Monument is seen framed by a blooming cherry blossom tree along the tidal basin in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)The Associated Press

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    Anjelika Deogirikar, left, and Rachna Choudhry, both of Washington, take pictures of cherry blossom trees in bloom along the tidal basin in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)The Associated Press

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    Cherry blossoms are in bloom at the tidal basin in Washington, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)The Associated Press

The National Park Service says Washington's cherry blossom trees have reached peak bloom this week as predicted.

The park service says the trees reached peak bloom Thursday. That means at least 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are blossoming with pink and white flowers.

This year's peak bloom comes slightly later than average due to cold weather. The average bloom date since 1992 is March 31. Last year they reached peak bloom on April 9. The trees bloomed as late as April 18 in 1958. Park officials had predicted a peak bloom this year between April 8 and April 12.

The Yoshino cherry trees usually bloom for several days. The length of the blooming period depends on the weather.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through Sunday.