The depression over southeast Bay of Bengal is likely to turn into a cyclone today with the likelihood of it degenerating back into a depression by the time it makes landfall in Myanmar coast on Tuesday, weather forecasters said.
The cyclone may send scattered clouds over the sky of coastal Bangladesh, especially in Cox’s Bazar, bringing a brief break in the ongoing heat wave sweeping over large part of the country. The heat wave is likely to continue through tomorrow.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department in a special weather bulletin asked the four maritime ports for hoisting distant cautionary signal number one.
Fishing boats and trawlers in the deep sea have been asked to come close to the shore and move with caution.
‘This will be a nominal cyclone and may lose its strength substantially before hitting land,’ said meteorologist Bazlur Rashid.
In the worst case scenario, he said, the cyclone could bring wind rising up to 90 kilometres per hour.
The cloud brought on by the cyclone may get dispersed towards Bangladesh. The sky over Cox’s Bazar may get cloudy by early morning tomorrow. ‘There may be scattered light rain at one or two places in coastal Bangladesh,’ said Bazlu.
The heat wave that seared through central, northern and western Bangladesh persisted for the last couple of days.
The country’s highest daily maximum temperature of 38.1° C was recorded in Rajshahi, slightly down from 38.5° C recorded in the same area on Saturday.
The daily maximum temperature in Dhaka was recorded at 36.5° C.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department did not see any chance of rain soon and the weather was likely to remain mainly dry over the country through today. The lowest temperature of 17.3° C was recorded at Srimangal on Sunday.