June 15, 2024
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Cyclone Asani: Depression over Bay of Bengal set to turn into Cyclone

A deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Andaman Sea is tipped to turn into Cyclone Asani and move towards the Myanmar coast, the Met office said on Monday.

Around 11.30am on Monday, the deep depression was 110km from the Andamans and 560km from Yangon in Myanmar. It has been moving at a speed of 20km an hour.

After intensifying into a cyclone, Asani (which means “wrath” in Sinhala) is likely to “continue to move nearly northwards along and off Andaman Islands towards Myanmar coast during next 48 hours and cross Myanmar coast during early hours of 23rd March,” the Met bulletin said.

The cyclone will not have any impact on Bengal, the Met office in Kolkata has said more than once.

But after the system dissipates, a high-pressure area may form over the Bay of Bengal is likely, said a Met official.

“The high pressure area can send moisture into south Bengal and trigger some pre-monsoon thunderstorm activity, especially in the coastal belts,” he said.

The maximum temperature in Kolkata, which had been hovering around 36 degrees, is likely to go up another notch as the cyclone nears land, said the official.

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