Mar 27, 2024 - Climate

D.C.'s spring frost finale could come this week

Map: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios
Map: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios

Spring weather is expected soon, and D.C.'s last frost could come this week.

Why it matters: After a chilly — sometimes frigid — start to spring, we're ready for fleeting mild weather before it's hot and humid again.

Zoom in: The median date of the last spring freeze in D.C. is March 29, which tracks with warming weather toward the end of this week.

  • That's earlier than some of our Southern cousins, e.g., Richmond, whose final average freeze is April 11.

The big picture: Median first fall frosts can be as early as January and as late as June, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

  • Growing seasons are getting longer, increasing up to 2.2 days on the West Coast every decade, which could allow farmers to diversify crops or have multiple harvests for specific crops.
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