Bay of Bengal

1. A Low-pressure area is expected in southwest Bay of Bengal by May 22, extending wet weather in Tamil Nadu.
2. Ongoing heavy rainfall is forecasted to continue in southern districts and Western Ghats till Wednesday.
3. Red alert issued for southern districts, urging authorities to prepare for extremely heavy rainfall.

Weather Update, May 19: A new low-pressure area is projected to develop over the southwest Bay of Bengal around May 22, potentially prolonging the wet weather across Tamil Nadu.

Concurrently, the ongoing heavy rainfall in various parts of the state, particularly in the southern districts and the Western Ghats, is anticipated to persist until Wednesday.

The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has raised a ‘red alert’ until Monday for the southern districts, encompassing areas like Tenkasi, Tirunelveli, and Theni.

This alert signifies the possibility of extremely heavy rainfall exceeding 20.4 cm in isolated places and urges authorities to stay prepared and take necessary precautions.

While some independent weather forecasters have expressed concerns about the potential formation of an intense cyclone that could impact states like Odisha, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, GP Sharma, the president of Skymet Weather Services, offered a different perspective.

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According to Sharma, although the system holds significant potential to evolve into a cyclone, it is unlikely to impede the progress of the monsoon.

“There is a good chance that the low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal could gradually intensify into a cyclone. However, its formation is not expected to hinder the advancement of the monsoon; rather, it may facilitate its progress,” Sharma explained.