New Delhi: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the low-pressure area over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjacent south Andaman Sea is anticipated to develop into a well-marked low-pressure system on March 19. "On Thursday, the low-pressure region centred over the southeast Bay of Bengal and the adjacent east Equatorial Indian Ocean drifted east-northeastward.
By Saturday (March 19) am, it is expected to continue moving east-northeastward, develop into a well-defined low-pressure region, and pass across southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea," the IMD stated on Thursday. The low-pressure system is expected to track approximately northward along and off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where it will deepen into a depression by March 20 and into a cyclonic storm on March 21.
According to IMD, the low pressure system will strengthen and gradually approach closer to the Bangladesh-north Myanmar beaches on March 22.
The IMD forecasted widespread heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with isolated extremely heavy rainfall likely over the Nicobar Islands. From March 17 to 21, fishermen are advised not to enter into the southeast Bay of Bengal area. The IMD said that there is no chance of cyclogenesis occurring in the next 24 hours.