Hyderabad: With temperatures soaring, the Indian Meterological Department (IMD) has predicted heat wave in Telangana for the next three days.

The IMD said the heat wave is likely to occur in isolated areas in the districts of Adilabad, Komaram Bheem, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtiyal, Rajanna Siricila, Karimnagar, Pedappali, Jayashankar Bhupalapalle, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahabubabad, Warangal Urban, Warangal rural, Jangaon, Mahabubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet, and Jalgaon in Telangana.

Due to the heat wave, there is a very high likelihood of people developing illnesses and heatstrokes, the IMD said, adding infants and elderly people with chronic diseases are most vulnerable.

It also predicted that maximum temperatures will be 2 to 3°C above normal in a few areas of Telangana. It predicted that heat wave conditions in isolated pockets of Hyderabad will persist for the next two days.

Heatstroke deaths

Telangana has reported 1,952 heatstroke deaths between 2008- 2020 and witnessed 256 heat wave condition in a span of 12 years, revealed data provided by the Meteorological center- Hyderabad.

Geographically considered as South India, the state falls in a core heat wave zone of the country. The state is away from a coastal region like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, or Odisha on the left and Kerala and Karnataka on the right. It is mostly covered by the Deccan plateau.

As per the meteorological calendar, Telangana experiences summer between March and May every year. The highest temperature ever recorded was in 1973 where Mercury levels in Bhadrachalam shot up to 48.6 degrees. The record hasn't been broken yet.

The districts that witness high temperatures during summer include Adilabad, Bhadrachalam, Hannamkonda, Hyderabad, Khammam, Mahbub Nagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, and Ramagundam.

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