A low-pressure area formed over the Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm and reach coastal states of Maharashtra and Gujarat this week, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday.
The system is likely to bring in rainfall to several parts of Gujarat and provide relief from the rising mercury. Ahmedabad is likely to receive rainfall under the influence of the system.
Sunitha Devi, in charge of overseeing cyclone conditions at IMD, said, “A low-pressure area has formed over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression during the next 24 hours and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours”.
She added, “It is likely to move nearly northwards and reach near north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts by June 3”.
A low-pressure area and a depression are the first two levels on the IMD’s eight-category scale used to classify cyclones based on their intensity.
The weather bureau said that the sea condition will be very rough and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till June 4. It has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over south coastal Maharashtra for June 2-4, on the north coast on June 2-3 and in Gujarat, Daman and Diu and Dadar and Nagar Haveli on June 3-5.
IMD said that under the influence of likely formation of a low-pressure system over the Arabian Sea, conditions will become favourable from June 1 for the onset of monsoon over Kerala.
The arrival date for monsoon in Kerala is around June 1 every year and in Maharashtra around June 10.
Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of IMD’s Regional Weather Forecasting Centre said that the formation of a low-pressure system in the Arabian Sea and its movement towards the Gujarat coast will bring moisture to Delhi-NCR and northwest India from June 3.
Two storms are forming over the Arabian Sea, one lies off the African coast and is likely to move over Oman and Yemen, while the other is placed close to India.