Heat wave sweeps Telangana, Rayalaseema

Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) A heat wave on Wednesday swept across Telangana and Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh with most places recording a maximum temperature of above 40 degrees Celsius , while a couple of places sizzled at 44 degrees, officials said.

The met office has issued heat wave warning for seven out of 10 districts of Telangana and all four districts of Rayalaseema region of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

The meteorological centre at Hyderabad said heat wave conditions will prevail in the districts of Hyderabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Rangareddy, Khammam, Medak and Nalgonda in Telangana.

Most places of Telangana state were very likely to record maximum temperature between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius. Rise in maximum temperatures by one or two degrees was very likely, said the met office.

Heave wave conditions were also likely to prevail in Anantapur, Kurnool, Kadapa and Chittoor districts of Rayalaseema.

The highest maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam in Telangana and at Jangamaheswarapuram in Andhra Pradesh.

In Telangana, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Bhadrachalam experienced maximum temperature of 43 degrees Celsius. It was 42 degrees in Hyderabad, Adilabad, Khammam and Mahabubnagar.

Anantapur and Kurnool in Rayalaseema recorded 43 degrees Celsius.

Authorities in both states have cautioned the people to take all precautions to protect themselves from sun stroke. They have been advised to avoid venturing out, especially between noon and 5 p.m.

The streets in many parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema wore a deserted look after 10 a.m. as people preferred to remain indoors.

Heat wave conditions this season have so far claimed 111 lives in the two states. According to figures released by the disaster management department last week, 66 people have died in Telangana and 45 in Andhra Pradesh.

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