Brace yourselves for stormy weather

Satellite image via Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.

A low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal is expected to turn into a depression this week, bringing stormy weather to much of the country, Myanmar’s Department of Meteorology and Hydrology announced yesterday.

Kyaw Moe Oo, the department’s director, said the depression would hit the Rakhine coast around midnight on Tuesday and cause rain in many parts of the country to intensify, including in Yangon.

“When it becomes a depression and heads to the Rakine costal area, some towns located near the coastline should be alert for stormy weather” he told the Myanmar Times. “Strong winds of at least 64 kilometers per hour may be expected along the coast.”

He also said the movement of the depression could change direction with each day.

The predictions of harsh weather come just before the official start of Myanmar’s monsoon period, which has been forecast to span from the first week of June until September.

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