Heat wave forces people to stay indoors; roads wear a deserted look

Summer has set in with its usual severity. It’s hard not to complain about the heat when the mercury shoots up to as high as 47º Celsius. You heard it right. Vijayawada city and its suburbs like Bhavanipuram, Kunchanapalle and Kolanukonda sizzled at 47º Celsius at 3 p.m. on Friday, according to the recordings of The Weather Channel, Weather Underground and AccuWeather.

The day started with a recorded temperature of 37º Celsius at 10 a.m. but soon the mercury shot up touching a new high of 47º Celsius by 3 p.m. The temperature gradually dropped to 45º Celsius by 5 p.m. “We have come to a point where summer doesn’t just swelter but it looks like its powerful enough to melt buildings, wilt skyscrapers and cause mass emotional chaos,” says Karthik, a youngster who ventured out in the afternoon for unavoidable reasons. Using a handkerchief to cover his face in a feeble attempt to avoid heat stroke, the youngster kept mumbling about the hot weather. For last one week, each day, the rising sun has been igniting a surge of manic hysteria. This prolonged period of excessively hot weather, accompanied by high humidity, has made people restless.

All records of the ongoing summer have been surpassed this week as temperatures left people parched and the city sidewalks sizzling.

The mugginess fuelled by oppressive heat and gusting winds has forced most people to stay indoors. The city roads, otherwise bustling with activity, wear a deserted look. The few souls moving on the road bear the brunt of the orb of fire.“The heat is driving me crazy. Looks like it could fry even a person’s soul…anything exposed to the relentless sun,” says Tejasree, a harried teenager. No matter what the locale, the objective of every individual is the same- stay cool.

Three die in Guntur

The intense heat wave that is sweeping the State claimed three lives in the district on Friday. The deceased were identified as P. Srisailam (65) of Sankuratrivada village in Nadendla mandal, Tirupataiah (70) of Pulladigunta village in Vatticherukuru mandal and P. Malakondaiah (75) of Chennayapalem village in Piduguralla mandal.

Temperatures ranged from 41 to 45º Celsius at most places while Rentachintala continued to be the hottest place where the mercury hovered at 47º Celsius .

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