Maharashtra: Cyclone Bulbul will delay onset of winter

Mumbai witnessed a cloudy sky on Thursday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

The onset of winter in Maharashtra will be delayed by at least two weeks as Cyclone Bulbul in the Bay of Bengal is set to increase the moisture incursion over the west coast, cutting off the flow of dry and cool winds from north India, the India Meteorological Department said.

On Thursday morning, the deep depression intensified into a cyclonic storm, and it will further strengthen to a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours, moving west-northwestward to Odisha, West Bengal and Bangladesh. A weather depression had developed over the southeast Bay of Bengal and north Andaman Sea from Wednesday.

“The cyclone in Bay of Bengal will lead to an increase in moisture incursion over the west coast, keeping temperatures high till November 21, as it will cut the flow of dry and cool winds from the northern parts of the country,” said an IMD official. The IMD said the average minimum temperature across Maharashtra generally drops to 13-14 degrees Celsius in the first ten days of November.

Meanwhile, Cyclone Maha weakened into a deep depression Thursday morning and further reduced to a depression by evening, off the coast of south Gujarat in the east-central and adjoining northeast Arabian Sea. The IMD has forecast that the depression will weaken further into a well-marked low-pressure area over the northeast and adjoining east-central areas of the Arabian Sea off south Gujarat coast by Thursday night.

According to IMD, light to moderate rainfall is expected at many places over northern districts of Konkan (Palghar and Thane) over the 24 hours. The weather bureau has also forecast squally (storm and strong) wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, likely along and off the north Maharashtra coast — along and off Thane and Palghar districts for the next 24 hours, starting from Thursday evening.

On Thursday, the maximum temperature recorded by the Santacruz observatory was 32.7 degrees Celsius , one degree below normal, while the minimum temperature recorded was 24.6 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.