Special Correspondent

At several places in the State, day temperatures crossed 44 degree C

Mercury is likely to remain high for a few more days

HYDERABAD: A severe heat wave caused by the dry winds sweeping from the north-western region across the Thar desert turned Andhra Pradesh into a cauldron on Sunday with day temperatures going up by one or two degrees at several places.

At places like Guntur, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Ramagundam, Bhadrachalam and even Hyderabad, several roads wore a deserted look in the afternoon, with families preferring to spend time indoors.

A senior official in the State Met Office said the dry winds blowing from the Thar desert and States such as Rajasthan and Maharashtra had pushed up the day temperatures all over the peninsular south.

Dubious distinction

The maximum day temperature, the highest in the State thus far during the season, was recorded at 47 degree Celsius, in Rentachintala of Guntur district.

Rentachaintala, a well-known ‘hot spot’, experienced the highest day temperature in its recorded history at 48.3 degree C in 1936.

The highest recorded in the history of the State, though, was 48.8 degree C at Gannavaram in Krishna district on March 3, 1945.

At several places in the State, day temperatures crossed 44 degree C.

However, Nalgonda recorded 45 degree C. Visakhapatnam sprang a surprise by receiving 1 cm of rainfall.

This has been attributed to precipitation of moisture content in the atmosphere by the dry winds.

Heat wave to continue

The mercury is likely to remain high for a few more days. Guntur, Adilabad and Mahabubnagar districts are already reeling under a severe heat wave, while Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad and Warangal, all in Telangana, are likely to come under its grip on Monday.