HYDERABAD: The worst is yet to come. That seems to be the message of the Indian Meteorological Department, which has issued an alert over the likelihood of a heat wave across Telangana over the next three days.
Maximum temperatures appreciably rose above normal at a few places across the State on Wednesday, with Hyderabad recording 43 degrees Celsius. The highest maximum temperature of 46 Degrees Celsius was recorded at Nizamabad.
“Heat wave conditions would prevail in parts of districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Khammam, and Warangal of Telangana. Temperatures are likely to be above 45 degrees in parts of the state and people are advised to take necessary precautions for the safety of their health during in the coming few days,” said YK Reddy, director-in-charge, IMD, Hyderabad Centre.
Met officials have given a forecast of maximum temperatures to rise up to 44 degrees Celsius in Hyderabad over the next four days. They could rise even higher in places like Nizamabad and Ramagundam, which have been the worst affected so far.
“The Telangana government is taking the situation very seriously and they have also issued advisories to the public to refrain from going outside and be exposed to the summer sun. I spoke to the commissioner of disaster management and he too expressed concern about the heat wave,” Reddy pointed out.
After brief episodes of unseasonal rain, the Met Department says they are not sure about how long the heat wave is going to last. As per the weather forecast, there will be no decrease in maximum temperatures till May 26. “We will have to wait and see (till when the heat wave will persist). For the moment, we advise people to avoid going outdoors as much as possible and stay away from the sun during day time,” Reddy added.
Starvation or Sun Stroke?
A 25-year-old died under suspicious circumstances at Upparpally under Rajendranagar police limits Wednesday. Police suspect he might have died due to sun stroke or starvation. Acting on information that a person was lying in an unconscious state on the road, the police visited the place only to find him dead. The body was shifted to mortuary for post mortem. During preliminary probe, it was found that the person might have died either of sun stroke or starvation or both. He had apparently fallen unconscious while crossing the road.