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Weather for Our Adventures

This post is part 7 of our Wednesday Adventure Series. Each week we will highlight something different in the Washington, D.C., Metro Area, many of which will be options for part of your own BookCrossing Journey. With so many things to see and do, how will you choose?

Special Notices – Check out the current special deals on registration. Make your hotel reservations soon; rooms are filling up quickly!


Weather in April in the Washington, D.C., area can be tricky. The best pieces of advice are to dress in layers and to be prepared! You can check out weather websites for typical high and low temperatures for April in Washington, D.C. Typically the high is around 66°F (18.9°C) and the low can be around 46°F (7.8°C) usually in the early mornings and late at night. You can check out the current temperature at any time by looking at the WeatherBug widget on our location page.


If you bring a light jacket or sweatshirt/sweater you’ll be able to wear it if it’s chilly and then take it off later in the day if you’re walking around town and warming up. Also, sometimes hotels can be a little cool, so it wouldn’t hurt to have a sweatshirt while indoors either. Don’t want to put on a sweatshirt and hide your t-shirt with the convention logo on it? You’re in luck! We’re selling long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, and zipper hoodies with the large convention logo on them.

The old saying “April showers bring May flowers” is true in this area. Occasional drizzles or afternoon rainstorms are common in April, but unpredictable. It doesn’t hurt to come prepared just in case (and we know if all of you pack rain gear, we’ll be pretty much guaranteed a rain-free weekend). We suggest you bring some rain-resistant item such as a light rain jacket, a poncho, or an umbrella. And you should bring a few protective plastic bags for your wild released books. Also, be sure to allow extra travel time. If there is a thunderstorm, it might cause an unexpected delay at the airport. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on the fun just because of a little rain.

Wondering what to pack? We recommend:

  • Good walking shoes/sneakers
  • Long pants/jeans (and maybe a pair of shorts in the event that the weather is unseasonably warm)
  • Long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts and sweatshirts
  • Something waterproof like an umbrella, rain jacket, poncho, or waterproof pullover
  • Plastic bags for your books

Also, the convention is just after peak cherry blossom season. If you have bad allergies to grasses and pollens, you might want to pack medicine or be prepared to buy some over the counter.

Remember: pack what you will be comfortable in and be prepared!

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