Kolkata: A low pressure system is likely to form over the northern Bay of Bengal over the next 24 hours and predicted heavy rainfall across parts of Bengal, north Odisha, Sikkim, Assam and Meghala during the weekend.
The monsoon has so far advanced into the southern peninsular India, the central Arabian Sea, and most parts of north Bay of Bengal.
The northern limit of the monsoon on June 8 passed through Ratnagiri, Solapur and Nanded in Maharashtra, Adilabad in Telangana, Kalingapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Agartala in Tripura.
The India Meteorological Department also said squally weather with winds up to 60kmph was “very likely” along the coasts of Bengal and Odisha and advised fisherfolk not to venture into the north Bay of Bengal on Saturday and Sunday.
According to the meteorologists, monsoon should hit Kolkata any day between June 8 and 10. The forecast from the Met office so far for the monsoon’s date with the city is between June 9 and 11.
According to Met department, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds and lightning are very likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh on June 10, Sunday.
Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy rains are expected to lash parts of Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Kerala on June 11, Monday.
Monsoon is expected to touch eastern states of India on Saturday. The weather department said a low pressure being formed in the Bay of Bengal will trigger the advance of Southwest Monsoon in West Bengal and Odisha from June 9.
The Met office was banking on this weather system to accelerate the monsoon’s momentum. Once this intensifies into a depression, the Met office will be more certain about monsoon’s arrival. Monsoon is expected to hit the city between June 9 and 11. Last year, it had arrived on June 12.