NEW DELHI: The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is gaining strength and is likely to turn into a tropical cyclone, the Indian Meteorological Department has warned.
Under the influence of the deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal, which is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours, conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into some parts of southeast Arabian Sea, southwest Bay of Bengal and east central Bay of Bengal, remaining parts of southeast Bay of Bengal and some parts of west central and northeast Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours, a weather forecast bulletin of the IMD said.
With the strengthening of westerlies and likely northward shift of the shear zone, conditions are also becoming favourable for further advance of Southwest monsoon and its setting in over Kerala and parts of northeastern states around May 30-31, the IMD bulletin said.
According to the IMD, the deep depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved further northeastwards during past 06 hours with a speed of 18 kmph and lay centred at 1730 hours IST of Sunday over east-central Bay of Bengal near Latitude 15.7o N and Longitude 90.7oE, about 800 km nearly south–southeast of Kolkata and 740 km south–southwest of Chittagong. The system is very likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during next 24 hours.
Thuderstorms accompanied with squall are very likely to strike parts of Bengal and the condition may prevail till May 30, the National Weather Forecasting Cetre of the IMD said in a press release. On May 31, the Met has issued a heavy rain warning for the region.