ANDHRA PRADESH

Hot spell continues



Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Sultry weather prevailed on Thursday as mercury hovered above the 40-degree Celsius mark at several places in Telangana.

According to M. Satya Kumar, director, State Meteorological Office, there is a "lull in the South-West monsoon," which has not yet set in the northern States and left parts of Telangana untouched.

Dry winds from across the northern states and Rajasthan desert are blowing across the South, making the weather in Telangana hot and muggy. On Thursday, Hanamkonda and Ramagundam recorded day temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius, the State's highest for the day.

Mr. Kumar, however, forecasts that there will be a break in the lull within the next few days.

Meanwhile, there was isolated rain in the State. Kalwakurthy received rainfall of 3 cm and Cheepurupalli and Tekkali 1 cm each during the 24-hour period ending this morning.