Research has indicated that elevated heating, due to black carbon aerosols during pre-monsoons, causes enhanced rain over the north-east and some parts of central India but reduction of rain over sou
Health departments in the region have been alerted and told to take precautionary measures besides organising special health camps to tackle seasonal diseases.
Temperatures in Karur Paramathi, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Palayamkottai, Salem, Tiruchy, Tiruttani and Vellore shot past 100 degree fahrenheit.
Meanwhile, the IMD-Hyderabad has extended the heat wave warning till May 10.
While strong winds accompanied with heavy rainfall lashed Puri between 8 am and 2 pm, winds and rainfall activity gathered pace in Bhubaneswar after 11.30 am.
Severe heat wave conditions prevailed in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore and parts of East and West Godavari districts on Saturday.
The storm is now lying close to Arambagh in Hooghly district, and is 40 km west of Kolkata.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heat wave warning for the South Coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, especially Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore, for the next 2-3 days.
The Chief Minister will stay in Kharagpur in West Bengal, near the coastal belt and monitor the situation herself.
The administrations of the three north coastal districts have been put on high alert, given the experience of the Titli cyclone which hit the region just six months ago.
The latest IMD report shows that Fani moved northwestwards with a speed of about 10 kmph and lay centred at 430 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam.
With the weather agencies predicting storm surge of 29 feet, Fani is being seen as a dangerous system capable of tearing through the coastal pockets of the State and cause widespread destruction.
While IMD said that it will cross the coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali with the landfall point expected closer to Puri, JTWC said that changing the projected path.
After experiencing heatwave over the last four days, people in some parts of the state might experience some temporary relief from the rising mercury levels as light rains are expected.
The SDMA has declared a Yellow alert in Ernakulam, Malappuram and Wayanad districts.