The month of May is yet to arrive, and already, several parts of Andhra are sizzling.
According to reports, the temperature at many places in Krishna district continued to be above 45 degree Celsius, while Guntur, Vizianagaram and Kadapa districts experienced around 44 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Vijayawada witnessed this year's hottest day, as the temperature on Sunday rose to 42 degree Celsius.
“The summer effect has started in the city, where majority of the medical cases are getting registered with fever, dehydration etc. As the city is under severe heat wave conditions, people are getting affected with various health disorders. People should take proper precautions while going out,” N Jaganmohan, Superintendent of Government General Hospital, Vijayawada told The New Indian Express.
Meanwhile, dry weather continues to prevail in the Rayalaseema region.
The districts of Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor continued to witness temperatures close to 45 degree Celsius.
The high temperature in the area, has also resulted in severe water scarcity, due to depleting ground water.
A reported cyclonic system above the state is also driving up temperatures, as it feeds off moisture from its surroundings.
The Meteorological Department has already issued a few heat wave warnings for Andhra Pradesh.
The IMD declares an official 'heat wave', if there a deviation of more than 5 degrees Celsius from the expected maximum temperature, and if this weather persists for two or three days.
"While 460 mandals across the 13 districts have to be cautious about the heat index, 195 others in all the coastal districts will have to be extremely cautious. Hence, we appeal to the public to be careful during these three days," a press release from the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) had said two weeks ago.