The hot days are getting hotter and more frequent and the temperatures soar across Andhra and Telangana with no relief in sight until the seasonal rains.
Especially, Andhra Pradesh has been in the grip of an intense heatwave over the past few weeks, with meteorologist saying the heat wave could go even worse.
Several places in Andhra Pradesh had recorded over 45 degree Celsius as the mercury rose sharply as an after-effect of cyclone ‘Fani’, officials said.
According to Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of Andhra Pradesh, 52 places recorded maximum temperature above 45 degrees while in 127 places, it was above 44 degrees.
Vijayawada was the hottest place with the mercury rising to 45.6 degrees Celsius while Polavaram in West Godavari district recorded 45.5 degrees.
Over 200 ‘mandals’ or revenue blocks were reeling under severe heat wave conditions. Authorities have sounded an alert and advised people to take all precautions.
A farmer couple died of sunstroke in Thallarevu mandal of East Godavari district on Sunday, officials said.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has attributed the unusual rise in temperatures to the after-effect of ‘Fani’ which hit the Odisha coast on Friday. The cyclone has taken away humidity from the climate resulting in dry weather and a sharp increase in temperatures, the IMD officials said.