The spring breaks are over for most local schools, the Cherry Blossom Festival continues and the Washington Nationals will play their first home game on Thursday.

Travelers should find the temperatures cooler than average — dress warmly for afternoon baseball — with a chance of rain Monday and Wednesday in a generally dry week, the Capital Weather Gang says.

Riding Metro

The only maintenance delays on Metrorail this week will be from 10 p.m. till midnight. The transit authority is running more eight-car trains because of the spring tourist season.

Nationals 2012 debut

The Nats are scheduled to play their first regular season home game at 1:05 p.m. Thursday. That will mean extra traffic congestion in the blocks around South Capitol and M streets, on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and on the 14th Street, Douglass and 11th Street bridges.

Off-street parking options have become more plentiful in lots and garages north and east of Nationals Park. See a parking map on the Nationals Web site.

Metro’s Green Line also will be crowded Thursday afternoon. The closest stop to Nationals Park is Navy Yard. Use the Half Street exit.

Thursday’s forecast looks good for walking or biking to the stadium. There are four Capital Bikeshare stations near the stadium, and a bike valet is located in Garage C, on the northeast side of the ballpark. Bike stands are located on the streets nearby, and they were heavily used during last week’s exhibition game.

Fans with some extra time who want to avoid the crowding at Navy Yard station could take the Blue or Orange Line to Capitol South and walk down New Jersey Avenue to the game.

The teams first night game is Friday, followed by weekend afternoon games. Parking at the Metro lots and garages is free on weekends.

11th Street Bridge

The District Department of Transportation may close lanes during off-peak travel times on the 11th Street Bridge spans, nearby ramps, and portions of the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, Interstate 295/DC 295 and local streets Monday through Friday as part of the bridge reconstruction project.

Cherry Blossom Parade

The annual National Cherry Blossom Parade, a high point of the blossom festival and a huge draw, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade starts at Seventh Street and proceeds west along Constitution Avenue NW to 17th Street.

The near­est Metro stations are Smithsoni­an, Fed­eral Trian­gle and Archives. There will be some street closings in the area on parade day, but the National Park Service says it is not planning any work along Constitution Avenue next weekend.

Metrobus meetings

Metro and the District Department of Transportation plan a second round of meetings for the Metrobus 14th Street Line Study.

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Metro’s Northern Division Bus Facility, 4627 14th St. NW, by Decatur Street, in the Community Room.

The second meeting will be held April 16, also from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St. NW.

The study is the latest in a string of reviews of bus service in the most important bus corridors in the D.C. area.

Fairfax Parkway paving

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to repave 24 miles of the 32-mile Fairfax County Parkway between Route 7 in Dranesville and Rolling Road in Springfield during the spring and summer.

The $19 million project will take place mostly at night and on weekends. Some lane closings and detours will be required.

Before the heavy part of the work gets underway, VDOT will hold four community meetings along the parkway corridor to talk about the scope of the work and the schedule. Each of these four meetings is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

● Wednesday: Armstrong Elementary School, 11900 Lake Newport Rd., Reston.

● April 17: Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax.

● April 24: VDOT District Office, 4975 Alliance Dr., Fairfax.

● May 2: West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Rd., Springfield.

While work is scheduled to begin in April and be complete in October, the most significant traffic impacts are likely to occur from June till Labor Day, when Fairfax schools are out for summer vacation.

Workers first will repave the northern section of the parkway, between Route 7 and Baron Cameron Avenue (Route 606).

Sections that will not be repaved include the construction work zone at Fairfax Lakes Parkway and areas paved in the past five years.