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A low-pressure area has reportedly been formed over the southwest Bay of Bengal and is likely to concentrate into a depression over central parts of Bay of Bengal by the mornings of May 24, latest weather reports said.

As per reports, there are chances that the depression will trigger heavy rainfall and also intensify into a cyclone, the first cyclone during this pre-monsoon season.

“The depression is expected to intensify into a cyclone with chances of further intensification. If the cyclone moves towards the Indian coast, it will support monsoon and if it moves towards Myanmar then it will be a spoiler and can negatively impact monsoon onset,” a HT report said.

“The restricting factor could be a quick northward progression of the monsoon, suppressing the vertical formation of the cyclone. If that’s the case, this will end up as a monsoon depression bringing rain. Otherwise, it could develop into a weak cyclone of short duration,” tweeted Roxy Mathew Koll, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

With the depression further intensifying, the IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy rainfall at isolated places over Balasore and North Odisha on May 24-25, North, South 24 Parganas, and East Medinipur districts of West Bengal.

Furthermore, squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60kmph is likely over central Bay of Bengal from May 23 morning. It would extend to adjoining areas of North Bay of Bengal from 24th morning with increased wind speed of 50-60kmph gusting to 70kmph.

Sea condition is also likely to be rough to very rough from May 23-24 onwards, reports said.

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