Severe heat wave conditions will continue to torment people in the two states for at least the next two days, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Monday.Weathermen have warned that the daytime temperature could soar by at least six degrees more than the normal maximum. On Monday, the maximum temperature in Hyderabad stood at 41.5 degree Celsius, while Vijayawada recorded 46 degrees.
Met experts said this is the first time in the last three decades that daytime average temperatures have soared to a sweltering 44 degree Celsius in Hyderabad. City temperature touched 45 degrees last in 1966.
Experts attributed this rise in mercury levels to dry winds blowing over the two states mainly from Rajasthan and Gujarat region. “Making matters worse, the cloudless skies are allowing more sunlight to reach the Earth’s surface,” Y K Reddy, director in-charge of the Met department, Hyderabad, told TOI.
However, he also said that the winds are slowly moving towards the western direction, which could gradually bring down the temperature in the city from Wednesday. “We are predicting thunderstorms after the heat wave subsides,” he added.
With monsoon just a few weeks away, Met officials said that there would be deficit rains in Telangana. “The city receives an average rainfall of 75 centimetres. But, monsoon deficit may lead to very less rainfall in the city,” he said.