HYDERABAD: If you thought it was already too hot in the state, prepare for worse. The department of meteorology says this summer is likely to be the most severe in the last 10 years, thanks to dry northerly winds blowing through south India. The dry winds have already ushered in an early summer with Telangana and Rayalaseema regions suffering very high temperatures. The temperatures will increase gradually till the first week of June, said RV Subba Rao, assistant meteorologist at the Met department.
The department says the first week of April will see temperatures hovering between 37 and 41 degrees Celsius. Last year, it was few degrees lower and hovered between 35 and 39 degrees Celsius and in 2010, it was between 36 and 40 degree Celsius.
The month of April is considered to be a representative of the summer’s harshness. MeT records show that the severity of summer has been increasing in the last 10 years. Officials predict that this year the temperature could range between 45 and 48 degree Celsius in the state. The Telangana region particularly would be hit with continuous heat waves with Ramagundam, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Hanamkonda and Nalgonda areas taking the brunt, Rao said.
Over the last week, temperatures have gone up from 33 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius and night time humidity has come down from 31 percent to 9 percent in the twin cities.
The night temperatures too are registering a steady increase, said Rao.
He explained that a combination of northerly winds along with anti-cyclone winds circulating over the state are removing moisture from the atmosphere. This year’s patterns are similar to the year 2010 when Hyderabad city experienced a temperature of above 47 degree Celsius in the month of May, he said.