Deep de­pres­sion to hit AP-Odisha coasts to­mor­row morn­ing

The Hindu Business Line - - COMMODITIES - VIN­SON KURIAN

The de­pres­sion over South­East Bay of Ben­gal is inch­ing closer to the North Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coast and was tracked 820 km from both Machili­pat­nam (Andhra Pradesh) and Gopalpur (Odisha) on Thurs­day evening.

The de­pres­sion will con­tinue to move north-north­west and reach the con­tigu­ous AP-Odisha coast on Satur­day morn­ing. It is likely to weaken slightly ahead of land­fall.

Heavy rain fore­cast

The In­dia Met De­part­ment (IMD) has fore­cast heavy rain at iso­lated places over North Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and coastal areas of Odisha and Ben­gal.

Clouds had started shear­ing away from the core of the de­pres­sion from yes­ter­day. This was due to a west­ern dis­tur­bance over North In­dia that had dipped as far as Cen­tral Ma­ha­rash­tra, Te­lan­gana and North Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

The west­er­lies em­a­nat­ing from the dis­tur­bance, whic had taken he wind out of cy­clone Ockhi over the Ara­bian Sea, is set to keep the Bay de­pres­sion from devel­op­ing into a cy­clone.

High winds, rough seas

The north­ern flanks of the de­pres­sion con­tinue to be af­fected, with the blow­n­away parcels of clouds bring­ing ad­vance rain into Odisha and Ben­gal coasts and even parts of the North­East.

The heavy rain belt will be over the North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts on Satur­day, while Mi­zo­ram and Tripura too are seen as net gain­ers.

For the next two days, the IMD has warned of ‘rough’ to ‘very rough’ seas, with squally winds. Fish­er­men have been ad­vised not to ven­ture out.

Suc­ces­sor dis­tur­bance

Once the deep-de­pres­sion fades out, what is likely to at­tract the at­ten­tion of weather watch­ers is the ar­rival of a mega-west­ern dis­tur­bance of an in­ten­sity and reach not wit­nessed so far this sea­son.

This dis­tur­bance is ex­pected to dip even lower to the South, in­ter­act with the east­erly winds from the Bay, and bring rain to a num­ber of places over North, Cen­tral, East, North-East, and Penin­su­lar In­dia.

It will start in­flu­enc­ing weather in the North from Mon­day, with heavy rain or snow fore­cast for Jammu & Kash­mir. Its steam­ing front and as­so­ci­ated warmth promise some respite from the cur­rent chill for North In­dia.

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