Andhra Pradesh was in the grip of a severe heat wave on Sunday, with temperatures over 45 degree Celsius being recorded in many places as an after-effect of cyclone Fani. According to the Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of Andhra Pradesh, The maximum temperature in 52 places in the state was over 45 degrees and in 127 places, it was above 44 degrees.
Vijayawada saw the highest temperature, with mercury rising to 45.6 degree Celsius, a deviation of 6.6 degrees from normal. Polavaram in West Godavari district recorded 45.5 degrees. More than 200 mandals were reeling under severe heat wave conditions. Authorities have sounded an alert and have advised people to take all precautions.
A farmer couple died of sunstroke in Thallarevu mandal of East Godavari district on Sunday, officials said.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has attributed the unusual rise in temperatures to after-effect of Fani, which hit the Odisha coast on Friday. The cyclone has taken away humidity from the climate, resulting in dry weather and sharp increase in temperatures, IMD officials said.
Areas like Bapatla and Kakinada saw the temperature shoot up to 42.6 degrees and 43 degrees, a deviation of 6.7 and 6.2 degree Celsius respectively. Areas like Kurnool and Tirupati witnessed a maximum temperature of 42.5 degrees and 43.6 degrees.
Neighbouring Telangana was also in the grip of heat wave, with Khammam recording a maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees.
The IMD has warned that the severe heat wave will continue to prevail in parts of both states till May 7.
Many places in Telangana recorded maximum temperature of over 43 degrees. Bhadrachalam experienced intense heat at 44.8 degrees while it was 44.4 in Ramagundam and 44 in Nalgonda. Hyderabad had the lowest maximum temperature in Telangana at 41.5 degree Celsius, still 2.3 degree above average.
With IANS inputs