High gas prices, rainy weather and Santa Claus parades

Heavy rain leads into a weekend featuring frequent celebrity appearances of Santa Claus throughout the area. If you're planning a road trip, be on the lookout for gas bargains as fuel prices remain high.
Santa may get wet this weekend during parades in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph as heavy rain and possible flurries are predicted. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Heavy rains forecast by Environment Canada on Friday night are expected to taper off by Saturday night, the national weather agency said.

"The rain may fall heavily at times. Total rainfall amounts of 25 to 40 mm are likely, although some areas may receive higher amounts," it stated. 

Saturday's high temperature was predicted to be in the single digits, around 9 Celsius. The overnight low into Sunday will fall to around freezing. 

Sunday will be quite a bit cooler with a predicted high only around 3 C with the chance of flurries.

5 fun things for the rainy weekend

Unfortunately for weekend Santa parades in Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph, there's a lot of rain predicted. For the intrepid, however, here's our list of where to see him and when.

Indoor events this weekend include:

  • Syria Film Festival at Lazaridis Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, 64 University Avenue, Waterloo.
  • Classical Guitar open mic event Sunday afternoon at the Idea Exchange, Queen's Square, 1 North Square, Cambridge.

Check out more weekend events on Kate's list of 5 Fun Things To Do.

Gasoline prices

Gas prices in Waterloo region spiked around $1.24/L during the week and have maintained at around $1.22. Bargain prices reported on Friday afternoon were in the range of $1.14/L.

Even with the slight dip at the end of the week, prices are still more than 20 cents per litre more than they were at this time last year.