Hyderabad: Sudden showers and thunderstorm on 19 March drenched parts of the city, including Begumpet, Banjara Hills, and Tarnaka. According to the Indian Metrological Department (IMD), unseasonal rains will continue in Hyderabad and isolated parts of Telangana for the next 24 hours.

The sky will be partly cloudy till 23 March, after which dry spells will follow, said the weather report. However, the rain will not lead to a drop in temperature. Apart from Hyderabad, it also rained in a few places in Karnataka and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Districts like Adilabad, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, and Rangareddy, also saw some rains.

Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather said, “The trough from east Madhya Pradesh is shifting towards Telangana and an anti-cyclone over the Bay of Bengal has increased the moisture. Hence, this unseasonal rain. Telangana will not see any rainfall today but coastal Andhra Pradesh, including Visakhapatnam, can expect heavy rains." A confluence zone over Telangana is also a reason for these unseasonal rains, he added.

The highest rainfall in GHMC limits in the past 24 hours was recorded at Tirumalagiri, 23.3 mm, according to the Telangana state development and planning society. This is the third time it has rained this month in Hyderabad. The highest ever average rainfall was recorded in March 2008 at 166m and on 31 March 1928, 103.1mm, which is the highest ever recorded rainfall for the month as per the IMD data.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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