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storm fury:A branch of a tree is apparently broken as a result of a thunderstorm in the early hours even as day-time temperatures remained high in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
storm fury:A branch of a tree is apparently broken as a result of a thunderstorm in the early hours even as day-time temperatures remained high in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

More such spells in the offing, says weatherman

VISAKHAPATNAM: Even as the city simmered with high daytime temperatures in the past week, thundershowers that lashed the city in the early hours of Saturday brought some relief though it was short-lived.

The spell lasted for an hour but the clouds soon petered out after sunrise and the mercury shot up to 38.6 degree Celsius by afternoon.

The amount of rainfall recorded at Waltair was 12.3 mm while at Airport it was 3.5 mm on Saturday.

The triggering of thunderstorm activity in the region brought in some good news as weather officials predicted further spells of thunderstorms and rainfall at a few places in the next 24 hours.

Heartening scenario

Though summer rains have not been up to the mark this summer, thanks to the cyclonic storm ‘Laila', the month of May received an average rainfall of 21 cm as compared to the paltry rainfall figure of 19.4 mm during May last year.

Monsoon

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is expected to cover Kerala in the next two days.

According to the officials of Cyclone Warning Centre, monsoon is expected to cross Andhra coast within a week after it touched Kerala.

Dies of ‘sunstroke'

A retired technical official of railways reportedly died of sunstroke on Saturday.

C.R. Laxman, 65, fell unconscious while going to the port stadium to attend to some work in connection with the national athletics. He was shifted to the nearby port hospital.

When his condition deteriorated, he was rushed to KGH.

The doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.


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