Hyderabad: Weathermen sound a warning

Temperature continues to soar; sun-stroke deaths reported

HYDERABAD: As temperatures continued to soar, heat wave conditions aggravated across the State with sun-stroke deaths being reported from some districts.

no respite:Women cover their faces in Hyderabad on Thursday. —Photo: Mohd Yousuf

A warning has been issued that Telangana and Kadapa and Chittoor districts in Rayalaseema will be in the grip of heat wave. The State’s highest temperature of 46.4 C was recorded in Nizamabad for the day. Hyderabad recorded 42.9 C.

With three sun-stroke deaths being reported from Mahabubnagar district, the government has asked all district Collectors to verify such deaths and submit a report.

Weathermen warned that the State could come close to record temperatures of the past. It was on March 3, 1945 that Gannavaram in Krishna district recorded a temperature of 48.8 degrees C, the highest in the State’s history. Similarly,

Bhadrachalam and Rentachintala in Khammam and Guntur districts reported the second and third highest temperatures at 48.6 C and 48.3 C around the same time in 1952 and 1936 respectively.

Many places in the State these days are experiencing temperatures at levels close to these, thanks to the gusty dry winds blowing from the north-west without a let-up.

The soaring of the mercury over the State has been attributed by weathermen to global warming, air pollution caused by the enormous quantities of automobile emissions, depletion of vegetation and paving of the roads. G. Sudhakar Rao, director, State Met Office, said high temperatures are also due to hills left bald without foliage.

Hyderabad, which was once known for its salubrious weather, experienced 44.5 C on May 11 whereas the highest in its recorded history was 43.3 (April 30, 1973).

From THE HINDU

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