Tamil Nadu is bracing up to receive heavy rainfall next week due to a likely cyclone that could form over the Bay of Bengal, the Met office said. The cyclone, named by Sri Lanka as ‘Gaja’, is expected to weaken and make a landfall in Northern Tamil Nadu next week.
According to news reports, a low-pressure area prevalent over Southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into a depression and may become a very deep depression over the next 24 hours. This could go on to turn into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent 24 hours, and bring heavy rainfall to coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh around November 14 and 15.
The low-pressure area over the Andaman Sea is likely to intensify into a cyclone, stated N Puviarasan, director of the Agromet Advisory Service Unit at the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Chennai. “The low-pressure area over the Andaman Sea has intensified into a depression. It is likely to intensify as a cyclone, move west-northwest towards northern Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh on the night of the November 14,” he added.
The RMC has also warned the fishermen not to venture into the sea in certain areas between November 10 and 13. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has put out a ‘special weather warning’ to the fishermen specifying a list of areas to avoid while in the sea and urging them to return to the land latest by Wednesday. The RMC has also predicted that northern Tamil Nadu might experience the cyclone from Wednesday evening.
Some parts of Chennai is likely to experience light rain for the next 48 hours and the sky would be partly cloudy, according to the RMC forecast. The maximum and minimum temperatures will hover around 32 and 24 degrees Celsius respectively.
However, independent weather observers told the Times of India that the cyclone, in all probability, will weaken by the time it makes a landfall next week and hence the rainfall might not be heavy when it makes a landfall.