Heavy rain, lightning to likely hit northwest Myanmar this week

FOLLOWING severe weather patterns trigged by cumulus clouds forming in upper and central Myanmar, the weather bureau has urged the people to be alert on possible gale-force wind, squall, lightning strikes and thunder storm.
While daytime temperatures are high, cold winds from northern India are entering Upper Myanmar, causing atmospheric instability and forming cumulus clouds, which can cause severe weather patterns, announced the Meteorology and Hydrology Department yesterday.
Weather expert Dr Tun Lwin said the formation of thunderclouds in northwest Myanmar is due to troughs coming from Bangladesh, and they are expected to move eastward.
Thunderclouds are growing in strength and are predicted to cause lightning and heavy rain associated with strong winds in Chin and Kachin states and in Magwe, Sagaing and Mandalay regions in the next 24 hours, said the former director general of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
Heavy rain is likely to be accompanied by wind blowing at a speed of 30 m.p.h on land, alongside lightning strikes and hail, he added.
According to images sent by the Himawari Satellite yesterday morning, the thunderclouds are hanging over the northwest of Myanmar. U Tun Lwin said there was no report of thundercloud development in other parts of the country.—GNLM

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