A low pressure area brewing over the southwestern Indian Ocean is expected to intensify into a cyclone early next week, with forecasts suggesting it could move towards Bangladesh and neighboring northern Myanmar, the weather agency said Wednesday.
The low pressure area (LPA), which formed Tuesday, was expected to move east-northeast to become a well-marked LPA on Saturday, then move past and away from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands before deepening into a depression, the Indian Meteorological Department said. . †
The weather system was expected to intensify further into a cyclonic storm on March 21 and continue moving north-northwest through March 22.
Once the system intensifies into a cyclone, it is given the name Asani, a name suggested by Sri Lanka.
Thereafter, it will reach north-northeast and near Bangladesh and the adjacent northern coast of Myanmar on the morning of March 23, the weather bureau said.
Sea conditions are very likely to become rough over the southeastern Bay of Bengal and adjacent South Andaman Sea on Thursday and Friday.
The weather agency has advised fishermen not to venture into central parts of the southern Bay of Bengal and the adjacent Equatorial Indian Ocean on Wednesday and the southeastern Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea on Thursday and Friday.
It has also advised fishermen not to venture into the Andaman Sea and past and off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands between Saturday and Tuesday.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are expected to see showers on Sunday, likely increasing to gale-force winds with speeds of up to 70-80 km/h, with gusts of up to 90 km/h the following day.
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