There is a chance of rain during the Feast of the Black Nazarene so devotees should bring umbrellas or jackets just to be safe, state weather forecasters said over the weekend.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the expected isolated rain showers could serve as respite from the heat during the procession.
In its five-day extended outlook, Pagasa projected partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rain today and on Tuesday.
On the feast day itself, Pagasa said there might be “partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms,” with temperatures ranging from 22 to 32 degrees Celsius.
The state weather agency has a similar outlook for Wednesday, when devotees are expected to attend a vigil in honor of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand.
Like the past years, numerous devotees are expected to take part in the activities marking the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
The highlight of the event is the traslacion or the procession from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.
During the procession that may last until late night or even early the next day, devotees are expected to walk barefoot.
The longest procession in recent history was in 2012 when it took more than 22 hours for the icon of the Black Nazarene to reach Quiapo Church.