Elisa Timmerman of Cincinnati, Ohio stops to take a picture of pink tulips in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on March 19, a day before this year's vernal equinox.

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First day of spring

Elisa Timmerman of Cincinnati stops to take a picture of pink tulips in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 19, a day before this year's spring equinox.

 

Unseasonably warm weather has caused Washington's spring flowers and famous cherry blossoms to bloom days before the official end of winter. Record-breaking temperatures have been recorded over the past several days in several cities located in the central and eastern regions of the country.