In North Telangana Temperature sizzled at many places, The temperatures were between 40-41 degrees Celsius. In other parts of the state, the maximum temperature stayed around 39-40 degrees Celsius. In Hyderabad the mercury touched 40 degrees Celsius, the highest recorded this season till now. The metropolitan city is going to record an ever seen maximum temperature of 47ºC this summer.
No respite from the soaring mercury levels can be expected in the coming few days.
The India Meteorological Department said that the maximum temperatures will continue to be above normal by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius and that at some places in the state it is likely to be 40 degrees Celsius.
One main reason for high temperatures is the lack of enough moisture in the atmosphere. Over most parts of the state, especially the northern and western part of Telangana the Relative Humidity (RH) levels remained between 40-55 percent. In some places of northern Telangana, the RH levels remained as low as 20-30 percent.
Due to lack of upper cyclonic circulation or trough over Telangana, there is no moisture feeding on either Bay of Bengal or Arabian Sea resulting in low RH values. Moreover, there is a presence of anticyclone over Telangana. All these reasons contribute to rising temperatures.
The National Disaster Management Authority had said last week that heat-related deaths were brought down in 2016 as compared to 2015, by sending an action plan to the states. Which included making drinking water an easily available to everyone at all Places, Avoid unnecessary travel during when temperatures are too high and equipping all health units with oral re-hydration therapy units to quickly revive and stabilize people who are affected by heat?
Estimated news by National Disaster Management Authority that 22,000 people died due to heath-related incidents from 1992 to 2015. There were 2,400 deaths in 2015 and 1,100 in 2016. There is a demand to treat heatwave deaths as a national calamity and provide compensation to victims.
Extreme Temperatures recorded during the last 10 years in Telangana in March, up to 2016
- Hyderabad: 41.3ºC, March 23, 2010
- Ramagundam: 42ºC, March 23, 2010
- Khammam: 42.2ºC, March 23, 2016
- Mahabubnagar: 44.7ºC, March 22, 2012
- Bhadrachalam: 42.8ºC, March 18, 2016
- Nizamabad: 42.6ºC, March 23, 2010
- Nalgonda: 42ºC, March 23, 2016
- Hanamakonda: 41.5ºC, March 23, 2016
- Medak: 41.5ºC, March 26, 2016
- Adilabad: 40.6ºC, March 20 and 24, 2011