While the cyclone is expected to stay clear of Tamil Nadu, weather scientists have predicted its movement across the Bay of Bengal could lead to rising mercury levels.
Tamil Nadu may escape the impact of Cyclone Asani, which is currently brewing in the Bay of Bengal. However, the state is expected to experience a heat wave, leading to warmer days and humid nights due to the delayed easterly wind.
The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast that the low pressure area over the southeastern Bay of Bengal could intensify into a cyclone on Monday. It is expected to move north-northeast and reach the coasts of Bangladesh and Myanmar around Tuesday.
While the cyclone is expected to stay clear of Tamil Nadu, weather scientists have predicted its movement across the Bay of Bengal could lead to rising mercury levels. In the absence of strong winds, temperatures in the state will rise during the day, the weather bureau has forecast.
Chennai is expected to witness maximum temperatures of 36°C, while the inner districts of Tamil Nadu could see a rise of up to 40°C. However, isolated light rain may fall in some parts of Tamil Nadu for the next five days.
WEST BENGAL FORECAST
West Bengal is also expected to escape the impact of Cyclone Asani, meteorologists said. However, the Regional Meteorological Center in Kolkata has advised fishermen not to venture into the deep seas during this time.
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At this time, Cyclone Asani is forecast to hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, causing extremely heavy rainfall until Monday. Andaman and Nicobar MP Kuldeep Rai has already asked the lieutenant governor to step up the emergency response machine. He has also urged the government to declare a vacation in colleges and schools until Monday.
As the system moves closer to Myanmar and Bangladesh, it will also affect parts of eastern and northeastern India.
The Bay of Bengal has experienced only six cyclones in March since records began in 1901. If it forms, Cyclone Asani will be its seventh.
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