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Rainy, Cooler Weather to Hit DC Area

Wednesday will be wet at times and cooler with highs in the 50s.

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Storm Team4 says to keep an umbrella and warm layers handy for the rest of the week as rain and cooler weather make a return.

Wednesday and Thursday have an 80% chance of rain.

Wednesday will be wet at times and cooler with highs in the 50s. Meteorologist Ryan Miller said rain will likely begin late in the morning and continue until the evening. About a half-inch of rain could fall.

Thursday is set to be warmer, but periods of rain and occasional thunderstorms could be an issue. The heaviest rain is expected before 2 p.m.

The first of several cold fronts will arrive Thursday night and begin a stretch of cooler weather.

Friday will likely be the last day above 60° until the middle of next week. There is also a 40% chance of passing showers.

Storm Team4 says Saturday will be cloudy, cool and breezy at times with a passing shower in the afternoon.

Sunday and Monday should be dry but with a chilly northwest wind that will hold high temperatures in the 40s.

How Long Will the Cherry Blossoms Last?

Even though the weather later this week will be wet and cool, it shouldn't stop anyone from seeing beautiful cherry blossom blooms.

National Park Service spokesperson Mike Litterst says blooms could be visible for 7 to 10 days from peak bloom, which began Monday.

Cooler weather in the 10-day forecast may help slow the process of blossoms turning into leaves, Litterst says.

However, very cold temperatures expected early Monday morning could be too low for the delicate flowers, Storm Team4 says.

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