Hyderabad: People of Telangana may finally find some respite from the sweltering heat. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on 4 April predicted thunderstorms in isolated places of the eastern districts of Telangana.

Also, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana, it said.

The IMD also predicted a partly cloudy sky with the possibility of thunderclouds in the evening or night in Hyderabad. It said the maximum temperature in the city will remain at 37-39 degrees Celsius.

According to the weather forecast agency, the weather change is due to the cyclonic circulation over south Chhattisgarh and neighbourhood that persists and now extends up to 2.1 km above mean sea level. "A north-south trough at 0.9 km above mean sea level runs from north Interior Karnataka to interior Tamil Nadu," said the IMD inference on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the highest temperature recorded in Telangana was 42.3 °C at Kagaznagar in Kumuram Bheem district.

Heatstroke deaths

Telangana has reported 1,952 heatstroke deaths between 2008-2020 and witnessed 256 heatwave conditions in a span of 12 years, revealed data provided by the Meteorological Centre, 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 unlike Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, or Odisha on the left and Kerala and Karnataka on the right.

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 degree Celsius. The record hasn't been broken yet.

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

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