Hyderabad: Summers are expected to be warmer this year, especially in Rayalaseema and some parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, according to the Indian Meteorological Department forecast.

During the months of March, April, and May, some states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, west Rajasthan, and Arunachal Pradesh will see a rise in the maximum temperatures. In Rayalaseema maximum temperatures will rise by 0.5 degrees Celsius. Other areas like coastal Karnataka, Vidharbha, Konkan, and most of the north-eastern states will also see a rise in temperature by 0.5 degrees. The maximum temperature recorded in Andhra Pradesh last year was 45 degrees.

Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather said, “The 0.5-degree rise in temperature is not something to worry about. The temperature will mainly rise in the north and central plains. Every year due to pre-monsoon activities temperatures dip, but this year, due to warmer conditions in the Pacific Ocean, above normal temperature is predicted.”

According to the forecast, the southern part of India, except for a few areas, will not have warmer summers than usual, but there is a 43 per cent probability of heatwaves over Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Telangana and coastal districts of Andhra fall under the heatwave zone and in the last year the states saw 111 deaths due to heatwaves during the months of March, April, and May. Heatwaves will also hit other states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Bihar, and Maharashtra.

“During a heatwave, especially in Andhra and Telangana, the feel-like temperature increases. If the temperature is around 39 degrees, it will feel like 45. This is due to humidity coming from the Bay of Bengal. Similar conditions can be expected in the coming season from May to the first week of June.”

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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