Cyclone Mocha – West Bengal likely to remain unaffected while Bangladesh may be hit

Cyclone Mocha may not hit West Bengal as it may move towards Bangladesh and Myanmar coasts, reported Indian Meteorological Department.

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After informing about the development of a low-pressure in the southeast Bay of Bengal and South Andaman Sea, which will eventually develop into Cyclone Mocha, the weather forecasts show that it will probably not hit Kolkata and Gangetic West Bengal, something that weather experts feared for several days.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a statement saying that the low-pressure area formed on the southeastern Bay of Bengal and adjoining South Andaman Sea at 8.30 am on Monday, May 8th, is likely to develop into a depression on Tuesday, May 9th.

The IMD reported that the depression will intensify into a cyclonic storm—Cyclone Mocha—over the southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of the eastcentral Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea by Wednesday, May 10th.

The statement said that Cyclone Mocha will move north and northwestwards until Thursday, May 11th, and then recurve and move north and northeastwards towards Bangladesh and Myanmar coasts.

It’s to be noted that the path of Cyclone Mocha is still not clear to the IMD, and the cyclone’s trajectory is under surveillance.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) informed on Monday that the heatwave will continue to flow in the country and affect several regions, despite the formation of the low-pressure in the Bay of Bengal.

In its latest bulletin, the BMD said, “A low pressure area has formed over Southeast Bay and adjoining South Andaman Sea. It is likely to intensify. Trough of westerly low lies over West Bengal and adjoining area (sic).”

Apart from Cyclone Mocha, the BMD informed that the weather would remain dry throughout Bangladesh, with a partly cloudy sky in a few regions until May 9th.

However, despite Cyclone Mocha intensifying in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh will suffer a severe heat wave for the next 24 hours. “Severe heat wave is sweeping over the districts of Rajshahi, Netrokona, Khulna, Chudanga & Kushtia and Mild to moderate heat wave is sweeping elsewhere over the country and it may continue (sic)”, the BMD informed in its bulletin.

There may be rainfall in Bangladesh, apparently due to Cyclone Mocha, in the next five days, the BMD informed.

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