Mumbai, May 24: Cyclone Mekunu, which hit the Yemeni island of Socotra, causing severe flooding and damage, could intensify further as ‘extremely severe cyclone’ ahead of landfall in next 24 hours. “Cyclone Mekunu is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hours. It is very likely to move nearly northwards during next 24 hours and then north-northwestwards and cross south Oman – southeast Yemen coasts as an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm with wind speed of 160-170 kmph gusting to 190 kmph,” the IMD said in a press release on Thursday. Also Read - Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Should be Cremated Irrespective of Religion: BMC

Cyclone Mekunu is likely to trigger heavy showers along the western coast of Maharashtra in the next few days, an IMD official said. Konkan region of Maharashtra would get a few showers in the next few days. Some isolated places in Konkan will receive rain, but the rest of Maharashtra will have no impact, the official said. “The Mekunu cyclone has moved away from the Indian coast, but it is likely to cause the western coast receive some heavy spells of showers,” the official added. Also Read - COVID-19: 4 Saudi Arabia Returnees Tested Positive in Maharashtra, Transmitted Virus to 21 Family Members

The winds blowing in central Maharashtra have slightly brought down the temperature in Marathwada region. There is an overall drop in the temperature by a couple of degrees Celsius, but Vidarbha is still simmering, the Met official said. The maximum temperature in Chandrapur district in Vidarbha had touched 45.5 degrees celsius, highest in the state on Wednesday. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 8, Positive Cases Cross 200

Temperature across Marathwada and Vidarbha may come down from Thursday onwards…The circular winds in Bay of Bengal have caused some cloud formation over parts of Maharashtra, which has reduced the temperature and brought relief to people,” the official said. (With PTI inputs)