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Cyclone Michaung brings light rain, marking the arrival of winter

Staff Correspondent
07 Dec 2023 21:59:28 | Update: 07 Dec 2023 21:59:28
Cyclone Michaung brings light rain, marking the arrival of winter
A van puller shields himself with an umbrella against the drizzle that swept through Dhaka on Thursday – Shamsul Haque Ripon

Following the impact of Cyclone Michaung, light rain has been prevalent throughout the country, including Dhaka, since Wednesday. Meteorologists predict that winter will now set in across the country.

As of now, Cyclone Michaung has moved towards North Andhra Pradesh, India, and has weakened after causing disruptions in parts of India.

The genesis of Michaung dates back to November 29, when a depression formed in the South Andaman Sea. Gradually intensifying, it developed into a low pressure on December 2 and transformed into a deep depression on December 3 over the South Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas, eventually evolving into Cyclone Michaung.

The entire country, including Dhaka, has experienced light rain since Wednesday due to the lingering influence of Cyclone Michaung. According to the latest 24-hour forecast from the Meteorological Department, Dhaka received 10 mm of rain until 6 am on Thursday, with Jessore recording the highest rainfall at 26 mm. The northern city of Tentulia saw the lowest temperature at 17.6 degrees Celsius, while Cox's Bazar recorded a maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius. Dhaka's temperature stood at 27 degrees Celsius.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) weather forecast predicts light to moderate rain/thundershowers across most places in Rangpur, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Dhaka, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions, with moderately heavy falls expected at some locations nationwide.

Kazi Jebunnesa, assistant meteorologist at BMD, stated, “The cyclone has weakened after impacting several parts of India. It was drizzling all day yesterday, as a result of which it is now over the country.” She further added, “These rains will continue across the country on Friday, and rain will decrease from Saturday. The sun will probably break through the clouds from Sunday.”

“The temperature will gradually decrease, and winter will settle in. Due to the impact of Cyclone Michaung, the influence of winter has decreased on the weather. Now, the effects of the cyclone will gradually end, and the winter will become more pronounced.”