Cyclonic storm likely to hit South Gujarat, North Maharashtra coasts on June 3: IMD

ST Staff
Sunday, 31 May 2020

The Indian Meteorological Department ( IMD) said a cyclonic storm is brewing over the Arabian Sea and is likely to hit Maharashtra and Gujarat's coastal districts by June 3. 

On Sunday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that a low-pressure area has developed over the southeast and adjacent east-central Arab Sea and Lakshadweep area with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid-troposphere levels.

It is very likely to concentrate in a depression over the east-central and adjacent southeast Arab Sea over the next 24 hours, and is likely to intensify further into a 'cyclonic storm' over the next 24 hours, said IMD.

Initially, it is very likely to move nearly north until June 2 in the morning and then recurve north-northeastwards, reaching near the north coast of Maharashtra and south of Gujarat around June 3 in the morning. A port warning has been issued by IMD for Maharashtra-Goa Coast. 

Light to moderate rainfall on most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over southern Gujarat state, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman, Diu, on June 3 which will be followed on June 4 as well.

On June 3, the IMD predicted squally weather that would likely prevail off the south coast of Maharashtra-Goa. It is advised that fishermen do not venture into those areas.

Fishermen are advised not to enter the south-eastern Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep and along and off the coast of Kerala until June 2; east-central Arab Sea and along and off the coast of Karnataka until June 3; east-central Arab Sea along and off the coast of Maharashtra and northeastern Arab Sea along and off the coast of Gujarat between June 3 and 4. 

Meanwhile, in the coming days, the IMD has predicted rainfall spells in parts of the Western Himalayan region and Southern Peninsular India. Delhi / NCR and parts of north India, reeling from the heatwave conditions, received relief with much-anticipated rainfall over the weekend. The weather department has said the heatwave conditions are diminishing for now and are unlikely to recur until June 8 in Delhi. This week the maximum temperature in the national capital is likely to remain below 40 degrees Celsius, the IMD stated.

Meanwhile, the Southwest monsoon is expected to hit Kerala about June 1, the IMD had said earlier. Overnight rain in the north, accompanied by torrential winds, brought down mercury on Sunday in the national capital. Some districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are likely to experience thunderstorms over the next few hours today with wind speeds of 30-50 kmph with rain. With another western disturbance expected in the first week of June in north-west India, a heatwave is unlikely to return to Delhi-NCR before June 8.

This comes days after parts of coastal Bengal and Odisha were ravaged by super cyclone Aphan earlier this month. On the evening of 20, May Amphan landed on the West Bengal-Bangladesh coast. Close to 100 people have lost their lives because of the supercyclone. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced a package of Rs 6,250 crore for the relief and reconstruction.

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