Weather bureau warns of thunderstorms, strong winds

weather-April-16Yangon, 15 April—The Meteorology and Hydrology Department issued a severe weather warning Wednesday, telling the public to be alert to the possibility of thunderstorms, lightning, gale force winds and hail.
Such weather patterns can follow the movement of cumulus clouds in the pre-monsoon period from mid-April to mid-May, the department said.
Cumulus clouds form in the afternoon and evening across the country in the current pre-monsoon season as daytime temperatures increase, it said.
Surface wind speeds may reach 35 to 40 miles per hour, the department said. A man was killed by lighting Monday as a thunderstorm hit Tatkon in Nay Pyi Taw District, with 40 mile-per-hour winds tearing roofs from houses.
Gale force winds also hit other regions on the same day. One man was injured while buildings and billboards were destroyed as powerful winds hit Hinthada, Ayeyawady Region.
Thunderstorms are most common in April and May in Myanmar.
The department’s forecast for Thursday is partly cloudy in Kayah and Kayin states and rain or thundershowers are expected to be isolated in the remaining regions and states, with 60-percent likelihood.
Rain or thundershowers have been scattered from Tuesday afternoon in Chin State while they have been isolated in upper Sagaing, Magway, Bago, Yanon and Taninthayi Regions, as well as Shan, Rakhine and Kayah states. The weather has been partly cloudy in the remaining regions and states.
Day temperatures were 3°C above April averages in Kachin State and around April averages in the remaining Regions and States.
The highest daytime temperature was 40°C recorded in Minbu, Magway, Pauk and  Gyobinkauk, while noteworthy amounts of rainfall recorded were Coco Island with 1.18 inches, Kawthoung 0.67 inch, Ann 0.51 inch and Gyobinkauk 0.32 inch. GNLM

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