Sudden jump in day temperatures over the last two days, coupled with 2-hour power cut a day, has made life miserable in the city and worse, we could be in for a harsh summer.
“Winter has been just normal this time with no cold wave in the State. Day temperatures have been rising and even night temperatures will soon. A gradual increase is expected,” M Narasimha Rao, assistant meteorologist, Hyderabad Met Centre, told Express. The change in weather pattern is indicative of a transition from winter to summer, he explained.
While admitting that it’s too early to predict, he said, “The State will definitely be in the grip of a severe heat wave before the onset of monsoon. The mercury is likely to soar up to 47 degree Celsius by the end of May and touch 44 early in the month.” Most of the state has witnessed an increase of 2-3 degrees in the last few days. “The average temperature in February usually remains below normal but this year, it has gone above normal. Winter has been cut short by the warm southerly to south-easterly winds blowing over the State through anti-cyclonic circulations over the Bay of Bengal,” RV Subba Rao, a weather expert, said.
According to him, an above normal monsoon and decent enough winter are enough to predict an above normal summer. He predicted, “The temperature in Hyderabad will touch 40 by March but before that, expect some showers.”
Echoing his views, Narasimha Rao, said, “Severe heat wave conditions will prevail from April second week. Though record maximum in February in Hyderabad was 39, we could even witness 40 this month.” The temperatures have been hovering around 37 so far.