The low-pressure system is rapidly intensifying across the southeastern Bay of Bengal and is likely to develop into a cyclonic storm around May 16 evening, India’s Meteorological Department ( IMD) said Thursday.
In its latest forecast, the weather department said that the low-pressure system has become more prominent and continues to gain strength. It may develop into a cyclonic storm by the evening of May 16 and travel north-west initially until May 17. After that, it is expected to recur north-east to the North Bay of Bengal during 18-19 May.
The weather department issued instructions to fishermen not to venture into the southern and central Bay of Bengal from Friday onwards, asking them to return to the coast immediately. Sea conditions will remain very rough over the southern Bay of Bengal and the adjacent Andaman Sea in the next few days.
Squally weather conditions with wind speeds of up to 60 km / h are likely to prevail along and off the North Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coast on May 18. Moderate rainfall is expected over parts of the coast of Odisha and the coastal districts of Gangetic West Bengal during the same period, while heavy rainfall is likely over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
In accordance with the above system, the conditions for the advance of the southwest monsoon over the southern Bay of Bengal, the Andaman Sea and the Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands are also becoming favorable around May 16, “said IMD, which is expected to announce the start date for the southwest monsoon on Friday.