The system tipped to turn into cyclone Asani, was a well-marked low pressure area over southeast bay of Bengal on Saturday morning.
The storm has stuck to its projected path so far, which a Met official said was “too far away” from the east coast of India. It was expected to reach “near land” — north Myanmar and southeast Bangladesh coasts — on Tuesday.
The storm is unlikely to have any major impact on Kolkata, the Met office has said. If anything, it can lead to a further rise in the day temperature, said the Met official.
“The system is drawing winds towards itself. The hot and dry winds from the upper reaches of India are moving towards the system. The winds are crossing Bengal en route. As a result, a rise in the day temperature is not ruled out,” said the official. As the system intensifies, it will draw more winds towards the Bay of Bengal.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature in Kolkata was around 35.5 degrees and the minimum relative humidity was around 25 per cent.
The next few days are also likely to be hot and dry. The maximum temperature can go a notch up, said the Met official.
Some clouds and moisture — remnants of the cyclone — might find their way towards the Bengal coast after Wednesday, said the official.