According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a low pressure zone has formed over Lakshadweep and east-central Arabian Sea. It is likely to intensify in the next 48 hours, and become a cyclonic storm by June 11. The weather portal predicts heavy rainfall in isolated patches in Konkan region, including Mumbai, over the coming week. Strong winds to prevail over coasts of Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat and Maharashthra coasts.
Widespread rainfall has been predicted for the next four days untill June 13 in Kerala, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Lakshdweep.
A Maharashtra government advisory said on Sunday that Cyclone is likely to be formed in the Arabian Sea some 300 kilometres off the country’s west coast between June 11-12.
As per the officials, the cyclone, while not hitting the state, is likely to result in gusty winds and a turbulent sea, and furthur said that fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea. They said that the monsoon is expected to arrive in Konkan and Mumbai regions during this period. The state government has also asked farmers not to rush into sowing as the onset of the south west monsoon has been delayed.
The cyclone season in the Indian Ocean usually starts in April and ends in December. In between this period, maximum cyclones are observed from April to June and September to December.