Coastal belt of Andhra, West Bengal experience impact of Asani

Heatwave continues in northwest India; temperature is likely to shoot up
cyclonic storm Asani


New Delhi . A large swathe of southeast India experienced moderate to heavy rainfall because of the cyclonic storm Asani, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. Nevertheless, the cyclonic storm failed to mitigate the severe heat that different parts of northwest India have been experiencing for 72 hours.

The sky was covered with grey clouds in different parts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and steady winds blew throughout the day on Tuesday, but there was no relief from the extreme heat, the weather office says. The coastal areas of West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh experienced moderate to heavy rainfall which brought down temperature in those states.

In Bhopal, the sky remained cloudy, but the heat was unbearable. The temperature settled at 28 degrees Celsius in the national capital. According to the weather office, there may be a fresh spell of heatwave from May 11.

Kolkata witnessed heavy rain. The coastal districts of south Bengal – Purba Medinipur and sought and north 24-Parganas – experienced heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty winds. A depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into Cyclone Asani early on Sunday, says the weather office. Around Sunday evening, the system strengthened into a severe cyclonic storm, the fiercest stage in its life cycle, triggering gusts of wind clocking over 120kmph.

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Meanwhile, rain accompanied by steady winds lashed Andhra Pradesh after the cyclonic storm moved closer to its coast. Several areas in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalli, Kakinada, Konaseema, West Godavari, Krishna, Bapatla, Guntur, Nellore and Tirupati districts experienced light to moderate rains.

Authorities have suspended all flight operations at Visakhapatnam Airport because of the foul weather, sources say.The temple town of Tirupati also received heavy rains under the impact of the cyclone, providing relief to people from intense heat.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Asani lay centred over the west central Bay of Bengal, about 260 km southeast of Kakinada and 300 km south of Visakhapatnam.
It is very likely to recurve north-eastwards and move towards northwest Bay of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts. It may weaken gradually into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours, the IMD says.

As various parts of southeast states were experiencing rainfall which brought down the temperature, the national capital witnessed 40-41 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, IMD says. The temperature is set to shoot up to 44 degrees Celsius by Wednesday, says IMD. The IMD has forecast light to moderate rainfall at a few places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in coastal Andhra Pradesh.