DMH warns of nationwide thunderstorms in May

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People on the streets after thunderstorms and the storm in 2019 in India. Photo-Xinhua

Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) warns about possible thunderstorms that are forecasted to happen in May.
The temperature elevates when the monsoon is drawing near, and cumulonimbus clouds often become strong. Currently, it is extremely hot, so there is a possibility of forming cumulonimbus clouds, said U Hla Tun, spokesperson of the department.
“When the weather is scorching and when the monsoon is drawing near, there is a possibility of thunderstorms as cumulonimbus clouds are strong during such periods. Roughly saying, it is the early monsoon period in April and May. And temperature increases again when monsoon leaves, so cumulonimbus clouds become strong, resulting in thunderstorms,” he said.

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People on the streets after thunderstorms and the storm in 2019 in India. Photo-Xinhua

As monsoons became weak in previous years, temperature surged, which caused cumulonimbus clouds and increased the number of thunderstorms.
“Generally, the possibility of thunderstorms is low in monsoon season, and almost no possibility of happening. But the occurrence of thunderstorms relates to heat. In recent years, monsoons have become weak, so the possibility of thunderstorms is high again. If the monsoon is strong, the possibility of thunderstorms is weak. The temperature has risen back in recent years when the monsoon is weak and when the rain level is low, and if so, happening of cumulonimbus clouds becomes strong. So people need to be aware of it nationwide,” he said.
In the coming rainy season, the monsoon will arrive late, and it will be moderate in the mid-monsoon period. According to the department, the end of the monsoon season is expected to be early. — Thit Taw/ZS/ED

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