Low pressure area forming over Bay of Bengal, will help bring rainfall, says IMD

Low pressure area forming over Bay of Bengal, will help bring rainfall, says IMD

The low pressure area is likely to develop over the Bay of Bengal early next week, the weather department is predicting. The low pressure area will form somewhere near the coast of Myanmar. A low pressure area is the first stage of a cyclonic disturbance; not all low pressure areas intensify into cyclones.

For now, the India Meteorological Department is predicting that the low pressure area will form over the Bay of Bengal by Monday, June 8 and that it will help advance the monsoon, bringing good rainfall over parts of India next week.

"This [the predicted low pressure cyclonic circulation] will help advance monsoon and bring good rainfall during the next week," IMD chief Mrutunjay Mohapatra was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

In its tropical cyclones bulletin dated June 5, the IMD has also predicted that the low pressure area has a "low", or 1-25 per cent, chance of turning into a 'depression' by mid next week. A depression is the second stage on the IMD's eight-level cyclone classification system.

If this predicted weather disturbance reaches the fourth stage -- 'cyclonic storm' -- on the IMD's scale, it will be given a name -- Cyclone Gati.

India has already experienced two cyclones in the current 2020 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. The first was Cyclone Amphan, which struck West Bengal on May 20 while the other -- Cyclone Nisarga -- formed over the Arabian Sea and hit the coast of Maharashtra near Mumbai on June 3.

More will be known about the low pressure area's possible intensification in the next few days when the IMD releases more detailed predictions.