Low pressure over West Central Bay of Bengal can intensify into storm within 24 hrs

Maps show wind speeds above 10 metres of ground
Maps show wind speeds above 10 metres of ground

Yangon, 19 June  — According to observation at 6.30 pm Friday, a low pressure zone over West Central Bay of Bengal can intensity into a small storm within 24 hours, bringing strong winds and rough seas especially along and off Rakhine and Ayeyawady coasts, said Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
In the announcement of the department Friday, the weather bureau has warned fishing boats and vessels to be alert to rough seas due to the stronger monsoon caused by the lower pressure zone.
Due to the low pressure, squalls with rough seas can occur occasionally off and along Myanmar coasts, with surface wind speed reaching 40 miles per hour, the announcement said. Meanwhile, Dr Tun Lwin, the prominent weather expert of Myanmar and former director-general of the Meteorology and Hydrology Department, forecasts that waves can reach 15 to 20 ft of high with surface wind of 35 to 40 miles per hour due to the low pressure zone.
Meanwhile, the monsoon is strong to vigorous in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, the weather bureau said.
Rain or thundershowers will be isolated in lower Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway regions, scattered in Kayah State, fairly widespread in Bago and Ayayarwady Regions, Shan and Rakhine States and widespread in the remaining regions and states on Saturday.
The weather bureau forecasts that isolated heavy fall is expected over Mon State on Saturday, with 80 percent degree of certainty.— GNLM

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