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Low pressure Likely To Turn Into Cyclone

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) forecasts a low-pressure forming over the Bay of Bengal may intensify into a cyclone, named Remal. The low pressure has developed over the Southwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas. It will accumulate energy and gradually develop into a Cyclone storm, said the Meteorological Office. The cyclone may hit Bangladesh directly. 

The low pressure is likely to form today, with its trajectory unclear until then. It would take 4-5 days for a formed cyclone to reach the coast.

Early on Wednesday, the Meteorological Department said that the cyclone, which was located in the South West Bay of Bengal, moved slightly to the northeast and remained in the same area.

It may gradually move north-eastwards and turn into a Cyclonic storm by May 25. 

Rainfall is expected to decrease nationwide due to its influence.

Mostofa Kamal Palash, a PhD researcher in meteorology and climate at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, predicted Remal's landfall on 26 May between 6 am and 11:59 pm, affecting coastal areas from Barguna to Cox's Bazar. He warned of potential coastal flooding in Barishal and Chattogram if the cyclone coincides with high tide.

The Met Office said that the cyclone will not become much stronger i.e. it will not develop into a super cyclone. It can have a maximum speed of 85 to 135 kilometers per hour.

Meanwhile, the BMD's 24-hour forecast predicted rain or thunderstorms in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions, with scattered occurrences in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, and Chattogram. Elsewhere, the weather should remain dry with partly cloudy skies.

Day temperature may rise slightly and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. Due to the increase in moisture incursion, the discomfort may persist. 

Chuadanga recorded the highest temperature (37.5°C) on Tuesday, followed by Dhaka (36.6°C).

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