Cyclone Vayu is expected to strike the coast of Gujrat on June 13th and meanwhile, while it is proceeding towards the coast, it has made the monsoon current of the Bay of Bengal weak, thereby delaying the arrival of monsoon in West Bengal. The weather condition is going to be the same for the next 48 hours as predicted by the Meteorological Department and there is no forecast of rainfall. The Meteorological Department has also predicted that the monsoon current won’t start moving again till the cyclone Vayu passes away. Bengal will remain hot and humid due to this for the next few days and there is even no prediction of pre-monsoon rainfall. Sanjib Bandopadhyay, Deputy Director-General of Meteorology said, “The Bay (of Bengal) branch of the monsoon current, that needs to get active for the rains to hit Bengal, has been affected by the cyclone. Vayu has pulled in winds from the current rendering it weak and immobile. In fact, monsoon currents as a whole have got stalled due to Vayu after it reached Kerala on June 8”. “Instead of June 1, which is the scheduled date for its arrival in Kerala, monsoon reached Kerala on June 8. The monsoon arms, including the Bay branch, are not likely to revive till Vayu passes away which could be several days. Till then, south Bengal may remain hot and humid. While the maximum temperature in coastal districts may remain 2-3 degrees above normal, the western districts will have heatwave like conditions”, Bandopadhyay added. The cyclone Vayu is expected to hit the coast of Gujrat with a wind speed 110-120 km/HR.