Recent rainfall has forced some cancellations of weekend plans. Photo: Graham Tidy
Fog, rain and potential thunderstorms will cap off a wet week for Canberra, with more than 70mm of rain falling on the territory so far in March.
The recent constant rainfall has cancelled some weekend plans, with the ACT government postponing the opening of the new Gungahlin Oval on Saturday.
But the Indian Australian Association has refused to let the weather dampen their spirits, with the colourful celebration of the Holi Festival still going ahead in Commonwealth Park.
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said Canberrans shouldn't put away the umbrellas just yet, as there was a 30 to 40 per cent chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms over the weekend.
"The system that caused the heavy rain has now pushed offshore, so there is still some lingering instability behind," he said.
"You can't rule out showers or thunderstorms, but more likely we'll see a few light showers if anything, bringing less than 5mm."
So far in March, Canberra has had 74mm of rainfall - well above the monthly average of 52.2mm but still a long way below the record breaking downpour of 1950.
That year, the ACT experienced 312mm of rainfall in March alone.
Three road accidents were reported on Friday afternoon, with one on Drakeford Drive in Wanniassa causing major traffic disruptions from about 5.30pm.
Canberra has now had 20 road accidents since rain began on Wednesday morning, including one fatal crash in Wanniassa.
The ACT State Emergency Service said they had received 10 calls for help as a result of Friday's wet weather, mostly for leaking roofs and minor flooding into garages.
Mr Domensino said Saturday morning was likely to be quite foggy as well, with large parts of south-east NSW and the ACT affected.
"I think there's a pretty good chance of seeing some fog, which could persist past sunrise because there's a lot of moisture sticking around after the rain."
Temperatures over the weekend are expected to reach a maximum of 24 degrees, before the weather starts to warm up again from Monday.
But the warmer weather comes too late for the ACT government, who said in a statement they would be cancelling the planned opening of the Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Saturday.
A spokesperson for the directorate said the decision had been taken to ensure public safety and to prevent damage to the turf surface.
One event which will not be cancelled however will be the Indian Australian Association's Holi Festival celebrations in Commonwealth Park.
President Raj Satija said they were hoping and praying for better weather on Saturday, but nothing short of a thunderstorm would make them stop the celebrations.
Part of the festival will involve revellers painting each other with dry colour powder to symbolise friendship and forgiveness.
"Even though we were trying to avoid using wet colour during our festival, but it looks like when we mix the dry colour powder it'll be wet anyway," Mr Satija said, laughing.