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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/ 4/2008

Weekend Events: Cherry Blossom Fun, With a Kick

By Matt Ross

We are quite fortunate that many of this weekend's major outdoor events will take place late Saturday and Sunday -- after the rain has mostly cleared the D.C. area. Nevertheless, folks heading out Saturday evening may still have to dodge a shower or two. Nor is it quite short-sleeve weather yet, so a light jacket or layers are recommended, as are shoes you don't particularly care about getting dirty, given the potential for mud.



Cherry Blossom Fireworks, 8:30 p.m. ... Conditions may not be ideal, but for early April, not too bad. Chances are that any rain will be confined to well south and east of D.C. However, a 20% chance of showers can't be ruled out. Otherwise, it should be overcast and breezy with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. Bring a light jacket and an umbrella just in case, along with something to put between you and a muddy ground. Enjoy the fireworks, best viewed along the Southwest Waterfront or East Potomac Park.

Keep reading for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, Lantern Lighting Ceremony and D.C. United forecasts. See Camden's post for our full forecast through the weekend and early next week.

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC, Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.... See our newly unveiled UnitedCast for the forecast for Saturday's home opener at RFK Stadium.


Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, 7:45 a.m. - Noon ... Whether a runner, a walker or a spectator, weather will be nice for this 10-miler, which starts at the Washington Monument. Temperatures will start off chilly in the upper 40s, but will quickly warm into the mid to upper 50s under what should be increasingly sunny skies.

Lantern Lighting Ceremony, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. ... It will be quite a nice early spring afternoon as the 355-year-old lantern is lit along the Tidal Basin. Not quite warm enough for those in attendance, including Washington dignitaries and the Cherry Blossom princesses -- to leave the jacket home, but you might be able to take it off with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 60s.

By Matt Ross  | April 4, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Cherry Blossoms, Forecasts  
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QAccuweather/NWS seems to be forecasting a high of only 54 on Sunday. Can we expect low 50's or low 60's?

Posted by: jdc | April 4, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's crew regatta on Sandy Run Reservoir on the Occoquan River near Lorton; can you hazard a guesses on precipitation, temperatures and wind from 9 AM until 4 PM?

Thank you very much.

Posted by: Bishop O'Connell Crew Parent | April 4, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Bishop Parent: I think you're going to be right on the edge of light rain. During the morning -- it will probably be dry, with a 60% chance of some light rain in the afternoon... but it's not a sure thing. Temps should be around 60 with winds out of the north around 10mph.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | April 4, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

JDC: We're calling for high temps around 60 Sunday.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | April 4, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: jdc | April 4, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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