Tirupati in grip of heat wave

Tirupati in grip of heat wave
Highlights

The pilgrim city is in the grip of severe heat wave even during the last week of July. This abnormality reminds the people of scorching conditions during May and forcing them again to stay indoors. For the last 10 days, the mercury level has crossed 35 degrees Celsius which was above the average.

Tirupati: The pilgrim city is in the grip of severe heat wave even during the last week of July. This abnormality reminds the people of scorching conditions during May and forcing them again to stay indoors. For the last 10 days, the mercury level has crossed 35 degrees Celsius which was above the average.

Highlights:

  • For the last 10 days, the mercury level has crossed 35 degrees Celsius, which is above the average
  • Meteorological official says the distribution of south-west monsoon is not even on Rayalaseema

According to the temperatures recorded by Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Tirupati, on July 18 the temperature was 34 degrees Celsius, which went up to 37.4 degrees the next day. It never came down since then and increased further to 39.2 degrees on July 23 and 39.4 degrees on July 26.

Even on Thursday, the temperature was 38 degrees Celsius in the city. But, the actual temperature in the city may be above 40 degrees as against the average temperature of 34 degrees during July.

The forecast for the next 4-5 days also says that the mercury may be hovering around 40 degrees, said a Senior Scientist (Agro meteorology) in RARS, Dr T Prathima to The Hans India. The reasons for this unusual trend may be because no cyclones have formed during this period and the distribution of south-west monsoon is not even on Rayalaseema.

As against the normal rainfall of 98.8 mm during July, only 50.8 mm was recorded this year that too in five to six spells which was not at all useful. In July 2016, it was 176.2 mm much above the normal level. This year 48.6 per cent of deficit rainfall was registered, she revealed.

Since 42.8 per cent excess rainfall was recorded in June, farmers have started field preparations and sowing the seeds but now facing severe hardship due to lack of water. Dr Prathima said they advise the farmers to sow only when there was 60-70 mm rainfall but they start sowing even with a small rainfall with a hope that more rains may follow.

On the other hand, people, who could not bear the scorching sun are taking precautions during day time when they must go out for their daily chores. Many busy city roads were wearing a deserted look for the last three days. With the forecast indicates same dry weather for the next few days, they must face a tough time especially the hawkers and street vendors.

By V Pradeep Kumar

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