Hot Spell Forces People To Remain Indoors

Hyderabad: Even as the people in both the Telugu States were groaning under hot spell since mid-March, the weather forecasting centres have indicated continuance of heat wave conditions in the State for the next three days. Due to the oppressive hot spell, the people are forced to remain indoors leaving even busy roads in cities and towns deserted.

With the Sun getting hotter day after day and water becoming a scarce commodity in the mid-March, people, especially poor and homeless, were bearing the cross. With the green parks turning into deserts with Sun’s fury, mosquitoes and tiny birds are dying and wild animals are straying into human habitations from forest in search of food and water.

The ponds in Seshachalam and Nallamala forests have already dried due to the intense heat and lack of rainfall last year. The forest officials have arranged water ponds all over the forests to prevent animals from entering into the nearby villages in search of water.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad, issued an alert that the day temperatures will rise by two to three degree Celsius than normal for next three days. The department asked people to stay under cover due to the heat wave conditions.

Many places in the city have recorded highest temperatures. Medak and Adilabad districts in Telangana and Anantapur, Kurnool and Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh have recorded 41 degrees. The coastal districts seemed to be cool due to its hot and humid weather conditions.

Visakhapatnam recorded 31 degrees while Vijayawada recorded 37 degrees temperature and the state capital Hyderabad recorded 40.5 degrees. The officials of meteorological department said that Hyderabad’s temperature will rise to 41 degrees by the weekend.

“Since March 19, there has been no weather system (trough or cyclonic circulation) along the sea coast. Usually, these systems help bring the temperature down by pulling over cloud cover. But, in the last two weeks there has been a lull in such activity,” said Dr K. Naga Ratna, a scientist with the weather department.

Based on the weather model run at TSDPS of Planning Department and other available numerical guidance from National Centres (IMD and other centres), it indicates that, mainly dry weather condition will continue over Telangana State during the next one week.

It is also expected that, with the prevailing south-easterly to southerly winds over Telangana State, the  maximum temperatures are likely to be above normal by 2 degrees C to 4 degrees C and there will be no significant change in the minimum temperature during the next one week. The maximum temperature will be in the range of 38 degrees C to 43 degrees C, while the minimum temperature will be in the range of 23 degrees C to 27 degrees C.

From April 1  to 7:  Maximum temperature will be in the range of 38 degrees C to 41 degrees C, while minimum temperature will be in the range of 23 degrees C to 25 degrees C in 17 districts Hyderabad, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Ranga Reddy, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Kamareddy, Medak, Siddhipet, Karimnagar, Rajanna-Sircilla, Nirmal, Jagtial, Warangal (U), Warangal (R), Jangaon, Yadadri-Bhongir, Mahbubabad.

From April 1  to 7:  Maximum temperature will be in the range of 39 degrees C to 43 degrees C, while minimum temperature will be in the range of 24 degrees C to 27 degrees C in 14 districts — Adilabad, Nizamabad, Komuram Bheem-Asifabad, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Jayashankar-Bhupalapalli, Bhadradri-Kothagudem, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Khammam, Mahbubnagar, Wanaparthy, Nagarkurnool, Jogulamba- Gadwal. (NSS)

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