VISAKHAPATNAM: With the low pressure brewing over the Bay of Bengal becoming well-marked on Monday, the weathermen have issued heavy rain warning for north coastal Andhra districts.
On Monday, the north coastal districts witnessed isolated heavy rain and the IMD officials said that more rainfall was expected in the next 24 hours as the low pressure zone lying over the northern AP is likely to be intensified into a depression.
According to IMD officials, a well marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and its adjoining coastal areas in Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh persists and an associated upper air cyclonic circulation is extending up to 7.6 km above the mean sea level is tilting southwestwards.
“The cyclonic system is very likely to intensify into a depression during the next 24 hours. Further, the trough on Sea Level Chart now runs from Odisha to south Tamil Nadu prevails over the coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema. Under its influence, all districts of coastal AP may receive heavy rain, while Rayalaseema may get light to moderate rains in the next 72 hours,” said YK Reddy, director in-charge of IMD, Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, Cyclone Warning Centre, Vizag, said that strong surface winds from westerly direction reaching a speed up to 55 kmph is likely to blow along and off coastal AP. Warning that the sea conditions may remain very rough, it advised fishermen to be cautious while venturing into the sea.
In the last 24 hours, coastal AP recorded isolated heavy rain at many places. Ichchapuram in Srikakulam district recorded 5 cm rain, the highest in the state.
As per the website of Andhra Pradesh State Development Planning Society (APSDPS), since July 1, the state has received an average rainfall of 187.2 mm when compared to the regular of 176.3 mm, with a deviation of 6.2 per cent.