Well-marked low on course to intensify as depression

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on April 01, 2021

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert for a depression brewing over the South Andaman Sea after a parent low-pressure area over the neighbouring South-East Bay of Bengal on Wednesday. CREDIT: The Weather Company.

First pre-monsoon system in Bay

The low-pressure area over the central parts of the Andaman Sea and neighbourhood has intensified to become ‘well-marked’ by Thursday evening.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) expects it to intensify another round and become the first pre-monsoon depression over the same region by Friday.

The IMD has said that the depression move north-eastwards towards the Myanmar coast. It will bring fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds over Andaman & Nicobar Islands on Friday and Saturday and light to moderate rainfall thereafter for three days.

Warning to fishermen

Thunder squalls (with wind speeds reaching 50-60 km/hr) and heavy rainfall are also forecast over Andaman & Nicobar Islands till Friday. Fishermen were advised not to venture into Andaman Sea and adjoining South-East Bay Thursday and into the Andaman Sea on Friday.

A cyclonic circulation lying over South Assam will bring scattered to widespread rainfall with isolated thunderstorm/lightning and gusty winds over North-East India during the next 2-3 days. Thunder squalls (50-60 km/hr) are warned for Assam and Meghalaya and heavy rainfall for Arunachal Pradesh till Friday.

Thunderstorms forecast

As for Friday, the IMD has forecast thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds (wind speeds reaching 40-50 km/hr) over Odisha; lightning and gusty winds (30-40 km/hr) over the hill of Bengal, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya; and lightning over Kerala and Mahe.

Meanwhile, heat wave to severe heat wave may strike isolated pockets over Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam; while heat wave conditions are forecast over Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Telangana and Rayalaseema.

Published on April 01, 2021

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