A possible cyclone in the Arabian Sea might delay the monsoon by four to five days in the city. A warning issued by the India Metereological Department on Sunday read, “A low pressure area has formed over Southeast and adjoining Lakshadweep & East central Arabian Sea. It is very likely to intensify into a depression over Southeast and adjoining East central Arabian Sea during next 48 hours June 10th and 11th). It is likely to move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours.” SSN Gavaskar, scientist at Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Center says, “The cyclone is still developing. If it happens, the interior parts of Karnataka might receive scanty rainfall initially and Bengaluru too might receive less rainfall. Coastal areas of the state will be the most affected due to the cyclone (if it happens). But nothing concrete can be said as of now as it can pass too.” The monsoon hit Kerala on Saturday, a week after its usual date, and will reach Karnataka by June 11 as it generally takes two days to arrive in the state. But the possibility of a cyclone in the Arabian sea could delay the monsoon in the interior parts of Karnataka. Further, the department said that from June 10 to June 13, wind speeds will be particularly high ranging from 35-75 kmph and hence warned fishermen to stay away from the sea. It also stated that there will be widespread rainfall in coastal areas of Karnataka. The department also issued warning to the fishermen belonging to Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep area, East Central Arabian Sea and South Maharashtra coasts to not to venture into the sea as the sea conditions will be rough due to high wind speed till June 11. According to IMD, the wind speed is very likely to become 40-50 kmph even reaching 60 kmph on June 10. On June 11 too, the wind speed is likely to increase gradually and become squally wind speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph over East-Central and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and very likely to be 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph over Lakshadweep area, Kerala, Karnataka and south Maharashtra coasts on the same day.