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Rains bring respite from sweltering heat wave

Rains bring respite from sweltering heat wave
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Rains in parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh eased blistering heat wave, which claimed nearly 2,000 lives so far, according to officials. The heat wave subsided as showers and thunderstorms brought much-needed relief to people reeling under scorching summer temperatures for last two weeks.

Day temperatures remained high in parts of TS and AP. Ramagundam in Telangana and Jangamaheshwarapuram in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh sizzled at 47 degree Celsius

Hyderabad: Rains in parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh eased blistering heat wave, which claimed nearly 2,000 lives so far, according to officials. The heat wave subsided as showers and thunderstorms brought much-needed relief to people reeling under scorching summer temperatures for last two weeks.


However, the day temperatures remained high in parts of the two States. Ramagundam in Telangana and Jangamaheshwarapuram in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh sizzled at 47 degree Celsius each. According to Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, maximum temperature fell at one or two places in coastal Andhra Pradesh but rose at one or two places in Rayalaseema. The temperatures remained above average in both the regions.


Parts of Rayalaseema region received rains since Friday. Kuppam in Chittoor district recorded highest rainfall of eight centimetres. A strong thunderstorm uprooted trees and electricity poles in some areas in the region.The meteorologists have warned that heat wave conditions may continue for another 24 hours in Telangana. Isolated rains at Friday night brought some relief to people in Telangana but have not cooled down the weather.


The maximum temperature at many places continued to be three to five degree above average. Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Hanamkonda recorded 45 degrees. It was 44 degrees in Khammam, Mahabubnagar and Medak and 43 degrees in Hyderabad. The heat wave, the worst in decades, has claimed 1,979 lives in the two States. Andhra Pradesh bore the brunt with 1,490 deaths while 489 people died in Telangana.


Isolated rains provided some relief in the two Telugu states but they continued to remain in the grip of intense heat wave. Weather officials in Thiruvananthapuram, however, said that strong winds from north westerly direction having a speed of 45-55 kmph were likely to hit the Kerala coast and Lakshadweep during the next 24 hours commencing from 2 p.m. on Friday and all the State's 14 districts to get rain.


Rain in parts of Hyderabad and cloudy weather provided some relief to people in the capital city reeling under an intense heat for over a week. Isolated rain in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions also brought down the temperature at a few places but heat wave conditions continued relentless in the State.

The meteorological centre at Hyderabad has warned that the heat wave conditions may continue till Saturday evening. It also forecast rains in few parts of both the states, raising the hopes of relief from the blistering heat wave, the worst in decades.

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