VISAKHAPATNAM:Heavy rains coupled with lightning lashed Vijayawada and various parts of the State on Tuesday evening. The mercury levels which have almost come down to normal at several places in coastal Andhra Pradesh will continue to remain the same for the next few days, while dry weather is likely prevail in Rayalaseema, the weathermen have said.
Isolated rain occurred at several places in north coastal districts with Kurupam of Vizianagaram district and Paderu in Visakhapatnam district receiving a rainfall of 4 cm on Tuesday, followed by Narsipatnam which recorded a precipitation of 1 cm.
However, a few places witnessed a rise in maximum day temperatures in coastal AP, while the mercury levels were above the normal in Rayalaseema. The highest temperature of 43 degrees Celsius was recorded at Kurnool. Meanwhile, only four mandals recorded heat wave conditions, while 45 mandals, most of them in Nellore and Prakasam districts faced hot conditions in the last 24 hours.
The daily weather report by Andhra Pradesh State Development Planning Society suggests that 29 mandals are likely to record heat wave conditions, while 97 more may face hot conditions in the next 24 hours.
The trough extending from the north coastal AP to south TN across Rayalaseema persists at 0.9 km above the mean sea level.
The upper air cyclonic circulation over south Coastal AP and its neighbourhood between 1.5 km and 2.1 km above the mean sea level has become less marked. Isolated places in coastal AP may witness thunderstorm accompanied with gusty wind in the next 48 hours.