Spring is just around the corner, which means the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington’s Quad are almost in full bloom.
Those delicate pink flowers will likely reach full bloom in 2 to 7 days, and will be in near full bloom by this weekend, according to UW arborist Sara Shores.
The timing of full bloom varies year-to-year based on daylight and temperature consistency, Shores said. A stretch of high temperatures over 50 degrees creates favorable conditions for the cherry blossoms.
Seattle has gotten over 50 degrees for the last seven days, including a record-setting 73 degrees Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
WATCH: UW Quad cherry blossom camera (via UWTV)
About 1 percent of the blossoms have already emerged on the Quad, but the buds have advanced quickly over the last few days.
In 2017, full bloom began the week of March 26.
The UW cherry blossom trees, which are over 80 years old, were a gift from then-Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912 to mark a friendship between the United States and Japan. Thirty-four trees were planted in Seattle's Washington Park Arboretum; later, 31 of the trees were relocated to the UW and are now planted in the Quad.