Hyderabad: Biting cold has pushed authorities in Adilabad district of Telangana to revise school timings from 10 am to 4 pm. Mercury recently touched 7 degrees Celsius in the district, prompting the Met department to declare an ‘orange’ alert.

District education officer Dr A Ravinder has issued a diktat, asking all schools, government as well as private, to adhere to the new timings from January 2. The move is aimed at ensuring that children do not take ill due to the chilly weather, said officials. The new timings will continue till further orders, they said.

A teacher from a private educational institute in Ravindra Nagar in Adilabad said, “The weather has been very cold in the mornings and it is becoming difficult for children to get up early and come to the school.”

The teacher said a few convents have made it mandatory for their students to wear sweaters, which have been made a part of their winter uniform.

Earlier, the IMD had issued an ‘orange’ alert in Adilabad after temperatures plunged below 10 degrees Celsius. Sources said there has been a minor respite in the past few days, with the temperatures hovering around 14 degrees Celsius at places like Tamsi, Jainad, Talamadugu, Bheempur in the district.

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