Hyderabad: With the city temperatures seeing a steady increase for the third consecutive day on Monday and zooming to 43 degree Celsius, the impact has been evident over the last few days, with many hesitating to venture out on to the streets, especially from 1 p.m. till about 4 p.m. The sun began blazing down from quite early in the day, with the heat, which would usually start becoming unbearable from noon, now turning severe from 11 a.m. onwards itself.
Interestingly, the temperatures reaching such scorching levels in the latter half of April is not new to Hyderabad. Last year, the highest temperature of 43 degrees was on April 14, while the highest temperature for April in Hyderabad, recorded in 1973, was 43.3 degrees on April 30. The third highest figure for the month, 42.7 degrees, was on April 16 in 2010. April 30, 2009 recorded 41.9, while April 30 in 2008 recorded 41.6 degrees.
The highest temperatures for April for the last 10 years, in fact, have all been after April 14, indicating the gradual peaking of summer.
There was no likelihood of any significant fall in the temperature on Tuesday, with the Indian Meteorological Department, Hyderabad, issuing a weather warning on Monday, stating that heat wave conditions were likely in isolated places in North Telangana districts. The maximum temperatures in these districts were likely to be above normal by two to four degrees and around 42 degrees, while the temperature in the rest of the State was likely to be above 40 degrees.
On Saturday, the temperature which was 41.6 degrees, the highest till that day, rose to 42.4 degrees on Sunday. And on Monday, it showed an upward departure of five degrees from the normal to touch 43 degree Celsius.