Another low over Bay of Bengal sparks fresh cyclone fear

Staff Correspondent | Published at 11:52pm on November 27, 2020

Another low over southeast Bay of Bengal by Sunday is likely to intensify further and turn into a cyclonic storm, meteorologists warned on Friday.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department however said that Bangladesh need not worry much about the prospect of the low turning into a cyclonic storm for it is unlikely to track towards the country.

‘There is almost zero possibility of the cyclonic storm to form and hit the country,’ meteorologist Md Bazlur Rashid told New Age.

He said that cyclones at this time of the year tend to intensify rapidly and rapid intensification prevents them from shifting their course.

India Meteorological Department in a bulletin on Friday afternoon said that the low over southeast Bay of Bengal would intensify into a depression by Monday.

The IMD said that the depression was likely to intensify further thereafter and move westwards and reach Tamil Nadu-Puducherry coast on Wednesday.

The projected path of the potential advancement of the cyclone more or less matched the one cyclonic storm Nivar has taken.

Nivar, one of the severe cyclonic storms, crossed the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast between late Wednesday and early Thursday with a wind speed of 120-130km per hour, the IMD said.

The cyclone killed at least three and wreaked havoc in the affected areas.

The BMD said that the cyclonic storm Nivar weakened into a well-marked low and was lying over south Andhya Pradesh coast and adjoining areas.

The BMD said that the night temperature may fall by up to 2 C in the northern part of the country while other areas may also experience a slight fall in temperature at night.

The day temperature however will remain nearly unchanged, said the BMD.

The country’s lowest temperature over the 24 hours until 6:00am on Friday was recorded at Sitakunda at 13.3 C.

The country’s highest temperature of 31.1 C was also recorded at Sitakunda, Sandwip and Cox’s Bazar during the same time.

Light fog may occur at places over the country early Saturday morning, the BMD said.