In an interval in the Southwest monsoon showers, blistering heat wave conditions were recorded in many towns in Krishna District on Sunday, which forced the public to remain homebound.

Despite the mercury level did not crossing the average of 35 Degree Celsius in Mahcilipatnam and 38.8 Deg. Cel. In Vijayawada and in other parts of the District, the feeling was as though the heat was above 40 degree Celsius due to humid conditions.

Roads wore deserted look till the evening as temperatures came down by 5 p.m. Sunday being the first week-end holiday after schools and educational institutions reopened, children and youths thronged to Manginapudi beach to get respite from the heat wave. Parents accompanied by their children spent a lot of their time on the beach sand. ‘Respite from the extreme heat wave was felt with repeated showers this week. Hopes of vigorous and active Southwest monsoon are bright going by the predictions of the weathermen, which might provide some relief from summer,” said P. Chandra Sekhar, a student.

On the other hand recent spells of rain across Krishna District resulted in speeding up of the land preparation works for the kharif-2013 season.

The stretch of agricultural land in Diviseema and other Southern Parts of Krishna District has already been readied to grow paddy nurseries. Agriculture officials estimate that about 2.6 lakh hectares of land would be brought under paddy cultivation in kharif alone. Farmers from Nagayalanka and Avanigadda said that they were eagerly waiting for further rains to kick-start of kharif operations .