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Updated: May 27, 2010 21:39 IST

Vizag sizzles as mercury shoots up to 39 degree C

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A woman protects herself from searin gheat with dupattas and gloves in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: K. R. Deepak.
The Hindu A woman protects herself from searin gheat with dupattas and gloves in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Photo: K. R. Deepak.

After a brief spell of welcome showers last week, thanks to cyclone Laila, summer woes seem to have hit back hard, with temperatures recording new highs with every passing day.

The city sizzled at 39.6 degree Celsius on Wednesday even as all hopes are pinned on the timely onset of southwest monsoon.

Office-goers had a tough time, as they faced the brunt of the heat right from the early hours of the day. The misery compounded when some areas in the city faced power-cut.

Going by the predictions of the weather officials, any immediate relief was far from sight as monsoon continued to delude the region.

According to the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC), the hot conditions were likely to prevail for another two days.

The reason behind this rise in temperatures was attributed to the presence of northwesterly winds over the coast.

Meanwhile, there is not much to cheer about on the monsoon front. Though the southwest monsoon arrived three days in advance in southern Bay of Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, it made little progress till Wednesday, according to reports from the Indian Meteorological Department.

“Southwest monsoon usually enters the coast between June 5 and 7.

However, there may be a model error of four days,” Director of CWC S. Venkateswarlu said.

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