Floriade set for a cool, wet last week as cold front looms
Olive Anderson, 4, visiting from Coffs Harbour, joins student, Heidi Lee, during a song yesterday. Photo: Graham Tidy
Today could be one of the last days to catch Floriade in the dry before the festival wraps up on Sunday.
The light cloud and relatively cool top of 18 degrees today could seem a far cry from the warmth and sunshine the capital enjoyed towards the end of last week, but it looks to be the best weather on offer until Sunday at the earliest.
As a cold airstream makes its way up from the Antarctic, showers will likely develop over the capital tomorrow, before the temperature dips to a day time high of just 12 degrees on Thursday.
The Bureau of Meteorology's Sean Carson described the system as "chaotic", and said it will cause some pretty wild conditions on the coast on Thursday, with the possibility of rains reaching as far as the territory.
"There’s potential for good rain, it’s really hard to call this one," he said. "It’ll be pretty cold, wet and windy down there [on the south coast] on Thursday for sure."
The cool, wet conditions are forecast to stick around in Canberra until Sunday, the last day of the flower fest.
Despite looming clouds, young families boogied down on the last day of the long weekend at Floriade yesterday.
The ANU's Open School of Music held a children's concert run by the Music Engagement Program, involving a sing-a-long with the ANU big band.
"The whole idea is to get people involved and joining in," Dr Susan West, the previous ANU Outreach co-ordinator and organiser of the concert, said.
"We do quite a few concerts all through Floriade, but none of them are designed to get people up and dancing."
Although the threat of rain brought numbers down, the crowd of young families were on their feet dancing.
"One of the reasons we're doing it again is we got a lot of feedback last year from people who said they really enjoyed the engagement aspect of it," Dr West said.
"People get a bit nervous but once they start doing it they really seem to enjoy it."
Local residents Tem Fraser and Laura Chini agreed.
"It is very good, the audience participation is great," Ms Chini said.
"The kids have had a great time, they've gotten up and danced at the front, and just had a good time," Mr Fraser said.
In this final week of Floriade, there are events on every day focused on home-grown living.
Gardening guru Don Burke will demonstrate recycling in the garden on Saturday and Sunday, and a number of chefs and cooks will hold cooking demonstrations through the week.
The event will close with Duntroon's Royal Military Band performing a special concert on Stage 88 to mark the end of Floriade on Sunday afternoon.
with staff reporters