Kolkata, 16: The World Cup semi-final game today is at risk of being affected by rain as a low-pressure system over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression, according to the Met office.
The depression is expected to become stronger and turn into a deep depression by Thursday morning before moving towards the Andhra Pradesh coast and then recurving towards the Odisha-Bengal coastline.
As a result, Calcutta is likely to experience cloudy weather from Thursday, with showers expected in the afternoon and evening. The intensity of the showers is expected to increase on Friday and Saturday.
The depression, currently located over the west-central Bay of Bengal, is projected to move northwestwards and intensify into a deep depression off the Andhra Pradesh coast on the morning of November 16. It is then expected to recurve north-northeastwards, reaching the northwest Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast on November 17 and off the North Odisha-West Bengal coasts on November 18.
Although the weather in Calcutta was bright and sunny on Wednesday, an overcast spell is anticipated. The Met Office predicts cloudy conditions on Thursday with some rain in the second half. The volume and spread of the showers are expected to increase on Friday and Saturday as the system approaches the Bengal coast.
Heavy rain is forecasted for South-24 Parganas, North-24 Parganas, and East Midnapore. However, the Met Office did not provide information on the system’s future beyond November 18.
A Met official in Calcutta stated that the system is unlikely to intensify into a cyclone due to strong vertical wind shear. If it follows the projected path, it is expected to head towards the Bangladesh coast from the east of the Sunderbans.