NEW DELHI :
A cyclonic storm is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast around April 30, warned India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its latest forecast, here on Thursday.
According to government’s weather department, a low pressure is developing over the Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal to the southeast of Sri Lanka.
The low pressure over the Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify into a depression during the subsequent 36 hours. In the subsequent two days, it is very likely to move north westwards towards Tamil Nadu coast across the eastern coast of Sri Lanka and intensify into a cyclonic storm.
The storm is likely to intensify further and cross the Tamil Nadu coast around April 30. IMD officials said that they are tracking the movements and would update the forecast later.
“The system is in the evolving stage. There are still few days, but it is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm," said Dr M Mohapatra, Head, IMD services, while speaking to Mint.
The officials have warned that this could result in very rough and high sea conditions over south Bay of Bengal and advised the fishermen to not venture into the sea from April 27.
Squally and gale force winds gusting upto 90 kmph are expected to sweep along and off Tamil Nadu coast, southwest Bay of Bengal and Comorin area, the southern-most tip of India.
There could be widespread rainfall with isolated very heavy to extremely heavy rains over Tamil Nadu and adjoining Andhra Pradesh. Kerala and coastal Karnataka could also witness fairly widespread rainfall alongwith squally winds.
Meanwhile, the weather is likely to remain dry over rest of the country, with some areas in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Marathwada and Madhya Pradesh likely to witness the brunt of heat waves.
North-western states including Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan could witness dust storms, while there is a possibility of thunderstorm in Himachal Pradesh and parts of north-eastern states.
The maximum temperatures during the day is likely to rise by 2-3°C over northwest, central and east India and Maharashtra, as per the forecast.