Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on 9 April predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers in isolated places over Telangana for the next five days till 14 April.

It said thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is very likely to occur in isolated places in the districts of Adilabad, Komaram Bheem, Nirmal, Jagtial, Mancherial, Pedapalli, Jayashankar Bhupallapalle, Karimnagar, Warangal Rural, Warangal Urban, Lulugu, Bhadradri Kothgudem, Mahabubabad, Khammam, Rajanna Siricilla, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Sangareddy, Medak, and Vikarabad in Telangana.

"The rain will intensify between 13 and 15 April. Before that the state will experience light rainfall on and off," said Mahesh Palawat, the vice-president of meteorology at Skymet.

He also added that a cyclonic circulation is expected over eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and it will move in the southern direction towards Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, and Telangana in the next 24-48 hours. "Moisture incursion from West Bengal will continue in the form of southeasterly humid winds. Therefore, the rain will intensify over many parts of Telangana. There will be good spells between 13-15 April so we do not expect a heatwave for the next week," added Mr. Palawat.

The IMD also forecasted partly cloudy weather for Hyderabad city for the next two days.

"A north-south trough runs from Vidarbha to south interior Tamil Nadu across Telangana, interior Karnataka, and Rayalaseema at 0.9 km above mean sea level," reads the IMD inference on Friday.

According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society, the highest temperature in the state - 41°C - was recorded at Wankdi in Komaram Bheem district while in Hyderabad the highest temperature of 38.7°C was recorded at Narayanguda.

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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