There seems to be no immediate relief in store for the city, with the day temperature touching 44 degree Celsius. Met department officials say the city, which has already experienced 44 degree Celsius, should be prepared for an addition of a degree more this week if the prevailing weather conditions do not change quickly

For denizens hoping for an immediate reprieve from the hot sun, here is some real hot news. Sun could get more ferocious in the next few days, and mercury could soar up to 45 degree Celsius!

There seems to be no immediate relief in store for the city, which is reeling under heat wave conditions, with day temperature already touching 44 degree Celsius.

If the present weather conditions continue, the Meteorological Department looks at the possibility of temperature zooming up further and touching the 45 degree Celsius mark in the next few days.

And this summer looks poised to log the highest mercury mark in the last 10 years. According to Met Department data, the highest temperature in the month of May between 2003 and 2012 was 44.5 degree Celsius, which was recorded on May 12, 2010. The highest ever temperature recorded in the city was 45.5 degree Celsius on June 2, 1966.

Met department officials say the city, which has already experienced 44 degree Celsius, should be prepared for an addition of a degree more this week if the prevailing weather conditions do not change quickly.

“These high temperatures will continue till the onset of monsoon over the State,” says M. Narasimha Rao, Assistant Meteorologist, IMD, Hyderabad.

The peak temperatures usually get recorded between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and after that it starts to taper down by night. However, the night temperature in the city has been hovering around 30 degree Celsius for the last few days, and days have been starting on a hot and oppressive note.

“A range of 20 to 25 degree Celsius is the comfortable night temperature, but the prevailing minimum temperature goes beyond the range,” he says. The advice is to avoid travel or commute, if it can be avoided, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Denizens should avoid direct exposure to sun and prefer shaded areas as far as possible. Those driving for longer duration during the noon and afternoon times could feel the heat more.

“Temperatures are usually a notch more in traffic areas. Apart from the heat radiated back from black topped roads, those stuck in continuous traffic will be exposed to emissions from vehicles, and their woes get compounded,” the official explains.

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