Updated: May 22, 2021 11:04:30 am
The southwest monsoon has advanced into the south Andaman Sea on Friday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
With this, the southwest monsoon has made an on-time onset over the Andaman Sea.
“In association with the strengthening and deepening of the southwesterly winds, the southwest monsoon has advanced over the southwest and southeast Bay of Bengal, south Andaman Sea and Nicobar islands,” the IMD said in its special weather update, issued on Friday afternoon.
With the arrival of the monsoon, light to moderate rain is forecast till Sunday over the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Squally winds with the speed of around 50 km/hour to 60km/hour could blow along the southeast Bay of Bengal and south Andaman Sea from Friday onwards, Met officials said.
Meanwhile, a low-pressure area is expected to develop over the central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and this system is most likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm by May 26.
“The low-pressure system will help the southwest monsoon as it will strengthen the cross-equatorial flow. This will help the monsoon, which is in its advancing phase,” said IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra.
The cyclone, once formed, is expected to travel towards either coasts of Odisha or West Bengal, where the Met department was warned of heavy rainfall to commence from May 25.
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