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Is Another Cyclone Brewing In Bay Of Bengal? Check What IMD Says

New Delhi: We could be heading for another cyclone with a low-pressure area likely to form over the east-central Bay of Bengal around May 23. It might intensify further into a depression and a cyclone, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned. If a cyclone forms, it will be called ‘Yaas’.

“We have indicated in our bulletin that there is a likelihood of formation of a low-pressure area over Bay of Bengal next week. In our outlook on cyclogenesis also we have indicated that the low-pressure system can intensify. As soon as it comes in our forecast skill range we will mention it in our forecasts,” Sunitha Devi, in charge, cyclones at the IMD was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times (HT).

The sea surface temperature is above normal by 1-2 degree C both over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal making conditions favourable for the development of a cyclone. “The sea surface temperatures (SST) are around 31 degrees C over the Bay of Bengal also and all other oceanic and atmospheric conditions are favourable for cyclone development,” she added.

“A low-pressure area is developing. It may intensify into a depression or a cyclone. As of now, the models are indicating that it is likely to move towards Myanmar and not towards the Indian coast,” Mahesh Palawat, vice president, climate change and meteorology at Skymet Weather was quoted as saying.

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