Weather is likely to play spoilsport during the three-day Rose Festival that begins on Friday as the meteorological department has predicted an overcast sky with chances of drizzle in the tricity region on the first two days of the annual festival.
The tricity already received occasional drizzles on Thursday afternoon and evening. An official of the meteorological department blamed the sudden advent of western disturbances from Jammu and Kashmir to the region for the shift in weather conditions.
"Latest interpretations indicate another wet spell of moderate intensity in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh on Friday," meteorological department director Surinder Paul said.
Similar weather has been predicted for Saturday. "The spell of rainfall may be accompanied by strong winds. Fog build up and fall in night temperatures are also expected after Sunday," Paul said.
On Thursday, the maximum temperature (20.9°C) was 3°C below normal, while the minimum temperature (10.9°C) was two notches above normal. The city mayor, meanwhile, said they had a plan in place to tackle any kind of contingency. "We are prepared and have already arranged for waterproof tents."