Temperature rises by 1ºC on Tuesday; no respite in sight as mercury set to scale 42ºC today

Citizens of the twin cities experienced yet another hot day on Tuesday, with day temperatures steadily rising from over the weekend.

The Met office said the day’s maximum temperature stood at 41.9ºCelsius, a clear one degree more than temperatures recorded on Monday and two degrees more than Sunday’s.

The sweltering conditions has had its effect on the city life with vehicular traffic thinning down towards afternoon and peak temperature time.

Those forced to commute had to brave hot winds blowing. Commuters waiting at bus stops had a tough time trying to find some sort of shade to protect themselves.

Umbrellas were out, scarves were either tied round the head or the neck, caps were on and the shades were flaunted.

Vendors selling coconut water, jal jeera, sugarcane and other juices sought refuge in the shade of some brisk business. The traditional lassi and faluda were gulped down with relish.

Met department officials said there would be no respite from the heat wave, forecasting that the mercury would scale 42ºC on Wednesday. The night temperature will continue to hover around 29 degree Celsius.

The silver lining, however, is there could be rain or thunder showers in a few parts of the twin cities, they said.

43ºC at Ramagundam

Moderate to heavy rains lashed Rayalaseema region on Tuesday, giving some relief to people of the region from the sizzling heat, whereas heat wave conditions continued over Coastal Andhra and Telangana.

Mercury levels in Coastal Andhra and Telangana rose again after a day’s respite. Rentachintala and Ramagundam recorded the State’s highest temperature for the day at 46º Celsius.

The temperatures at several other places hovered above 43º Celsius.

The State Met Office, in its forecast, said heat wave conditions would continue on Wednesday, particularly in Adilabad, Nalgonda, Warangal, Nizamabad.

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