Staff Reporter

Chai, ‘chat wallahs' cash in; wet climate likely to continue today as well

HYDERABAD: Scarves were replaced with raincoats, but umbrellas remained. Residents of twin cities got a breather on Thursday from the relentless heat that marked the first half of the month, thanks to the cyclone ‘Laila' ravaging the coastal districts.

Temperatures came down drastically and air-conditioning units that had been working overtime were put to rest for the day. Sky remained overcast for the whole day and the city experienced intermittent showers in most parts. It was welcome respite for residents from the sizzling temperatures that exceeded 45°C during the course of this summer.

Weather was rather pleasant, encouraging people who had remained indoors fearing the searing heat till a couple of days ago to flock into the streets and enjoy themselves the shooting drops from the skies. In place of coconut and cola drink vendors, it was the chai-wallahs and chat-wallahs that cashed in on the weather on Thursday.

“We went out after a long time and experienced the nice change in the weather. After all, the scorching temperatures would not allow us to leave home after exams,” said V.Geetha, a student.

Power consumption dropped to a great extent throughout the State. It was reduced by about 900 MW in the state and 150 MW in the GHMC area, officials from CPDCL informed. The company drew less power than allocated, they said. However, it was learnt that quite a few areas in the outskirts experienced blackouts as the power lines were yet to be restored to normalcy from the damage caused a few days ago by the strong winds. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 30°C on Thursday, and the wet climate would continue on Friday too with increased humidity, informed Director of the Meteorological department N. Satyakumar. He put the city's rainfall on Thursday at 1.6 mm. However, temperatures could shoot up again once the cyclone has passed, though it is less likely that they would reach the kind of high that was experienced earlier, he said.