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Canberra will be getting wet and wild over the weekend, with the territory's first significant summer rainfall failing to dampen plans for a number of big weekend events.
Between 20mm to 40mm of rainfall has been forecast for the Canberra region over the weekend, almost as much as has fallen over the entire summer season so far.
The ACT had just 29.8mm of rainfall in December, January and February, well below the 165mm average for the season.
A wet and stormy afternoon in Canberra, Photo: Melissa Adams
Most of the rain is expected to fall on Saturday morning and afternoon, before skies clear on Sunday.
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said although more rain was expected to fall in Canberra on Thursday night, it ended up passing to the north.
"In Goulburn we had about 15-25mm and at Bendorra Dam in the ACT there was 15mm. But the falls were quite patchy and they just missed [most of] the ACT," he said.
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He said the warmer weather would return briefly early next week before a second cool change came through and brought the territory some mornings below 10 degrees.
Mr Domensino advised anyone who had made plans outdoors for the weekend to make a plan B if possible.
"I wouldn't be hoping for dry weather this weekend, not on Saturday. There's quite a high chance it will be raining heavily, so stay indoors if possible," he said.
But despite the wet forecast, Canberra's weekend events will still go ahead, with organisers saying they aren't fussed about the rain.
A spokesperson for the Swisse Color Run, which will take place on Sunday morning in Commonwealth Park, said the event will be going ahead "rain, hail or shine."
"If there's rain it'll still happen," she said. "Apparently it's a killer party in the rain, and the colours are really vibrant."
"We like to think we'll bring the rainbows despite the rain."
She said the only reason they'd stop the event would be if the course was unsafe, and organisers will be monitoring the area just in case.
Canberra Symphony Orchestra's 2014 Shell Prom Concert has been set for Saturday night on the lawns of Government House, where they will commemorate the anniversary of World War I by playing the music of France.
Philanthropy manager Isobel Griffin said although they were keeping an eye on the weather, they were still planning to go ahead.
"We're spoken to the Bureau of Meteorology, so we've made the call based on their information. The grounds are in good condition and we're going ahead," she said.
"You can either bring a brolly for the sun or for a light shower."
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