Telangana to see more heatwave days in May: IMD

On May 1, 2023, the max temp was 35.8°C; this year it has almost touched 47°C
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HYDERABAD : In the monthly outlook for temperature and rainfall released for May, the IMD predicted 2–4 above normal heatwave days for Telangana, as the state continues to grapple with scorching heat.

Above-normal maximum temperatures are expected across most parts of the country, including Telangana, indicating harsher summers for much of May. Seven districts in the state recorded heatwave conditions as temperatures continued to rise above 46°C on Wednesday.

Nalgonda recorded the highest maximum temperature of 46.6°C, followed by Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Suryapet at 46.5°C, while 16 districts remained above the 45°C mark of the highest maximum temperature in the red warning code of extreme temperatures.

Quthbullapur records highest temp in city at 43.4°C

The highest maximum temperature in Hyderabad, 43.4°C, was recorded at Quthbullapur on Wednesday.

The state recorded a maximum average temperature of 43°C against the normal 40.9°C, whereas GHMC recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6°C against a normal of 40.4°C in April.

As per the TSDPS report, comparing temperatures from the previous year to this year reveals a significant difference of 11°C in the maximum temperatures in the state. On May 1,2023, the maximum temperature was 35.8°C, whereas temperature has touched the 47°C-mark this May, as per the TSDPS report.

The IMD said that dry weather will prevail in the state till May 4, after which light to moderate rains or thundershowers are very likely to occur at isolated places from May 5 to May 7.

Orange alert

The state has been issued an orange alert for the next three days as prolonged heatwave conditions are likely to prevail in districts of Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Warangal, Hanamkonda, Narayanpet, Jogulamba Gadwal, Nizampet, Nizamabad and nearby areas; other districts have been put on yellow alert.

The city will experience partly cloudy sky with maximum and minimum temperatures of around 42°C and 30 degree respectively, with northwesterly wind speeds of 4–8 kmph for the next 48 hours.

IMD observation in the monthly report

“Currently, El Niño conditions are present over the equatorial Pacific region, sea surface temperature anomalies continue to weaken across most parts of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The latest MMCFS (Monsoon Mission Coupled Forecasting System) forecast suggests that these El Niño conditions are likely to turn into neutral conditions in the beginning of monsoon season. In addition to El Niño-Southern Oscillation conditions over the Pacific, other factors such as the Indian Ocean SSTs also influence the climate in India. Currently, neutral Indian Ocean Dipole conditions are prevailing over the Indian Ocean. The latest climate models indicate that positive IOD conditions are likely to develop during the monsoon”, the IMD said, adding that these changes suggested favourable conditions for rainfall during the southwest monsoon season

Do’s and Don’ts during heatwave conditions

The health department issued its third advisory of the summer in view of the severe heatwave conditions prevailing in the state


Stay hydrated

 Drink sufficient water as and when possible, even if you are not thirsty. Use Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), and consume homemade drinks like lemon water, butter milk / lassi with some added salts, fruit juices, etc.

Carry water during travel

 Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables with high water content such as water melon, musk melon, orange, grapes, pineapple, cucumber, lettuce or other locally available fruits and vegetables.

Stay covered

 Wear thin loose cotton garments, preferably light coloured

Cover your head

Use umbrella, hat, cap, towel and other traditional headgear when exposed to direct sunlight

Stay indoors as much as possible

 In well-ventilated and cool places

 Block direct sunlight

 Limit your outdoor activity to cooler times of the day, i.e. morning and evening

Stay alert

 Stay updated about weather reports. Get the latest update of weather on India Meteorological Department (IMD) website at

For vulnerable population

Infants and young children; people working outdoors; pregnant women; people who have a mental Illness; physically ill, especially with heart disease or high BP must be extra careful


  •  Avoid getting out in the sun, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm

  •  Avoid strenuous activities when outside in the afternoon

  •  Avoid cooking during peak summer hours. Open doors and windows to ventilate cooking area adequately

  •  Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks or drinks with large amount of sugar. These actually lead to loss of more body-fluid or may cause stomach cramps, say doctors

  •  Avoid high-protein food and do not eat stale food

  •  Do not leave children or pets in parked vehicle

Danger signs: Seek immediate medical attention from nearby government health facilities if any of the following is observed

  •  Altered mental sensorium with disorientation: confusion and agitation, irritability, ataxia, seizure and coma

  •  Hot, red and dry skin

  •  Throbbing headache

  •  Anxiety, dizziness, fainting and light-headedness

  •  Muscle weakness or cramps

  •  Nausea and vomiting

  •  Rapid heart beat

  •  Rapid, shallow breathing

The health department said that as a part of precautionary measures, the government has made elaborate arrangements by providing special beds, IV fluids and essential medicines at all public health facilities. ORS sachets have been made available with ANMs/ ASHAs/ Anganwadi workers to meet any exigencies

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