New Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday, issued a heatwave alert for the next three days for the state of Telangana. According to the weather forecast, the normal temperatures will increase by 2-3°C in isolated arears of Telangana from March 31 to April 2. The weather will remain dry as well as the forecast adds that there will be no rainfall till April 4, 2021.
The temperatures are expected to rise as high as 43°C in some places. In addition to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Vidarbha, Odisha and Kutch will also experience heatwave like conditions.
State capital Hyderabad, which has also been experiencing a steady rise in temperature, is predicted to see temperatures rise. The highest temperature was recorded on Tuesday in the capital 39.8°C, which is predicted to rise to by 1°C in the coming week.
In the state, areas like Adilabad, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Mulugu, Nalgonda, Warangal Rural, Warangal Urban, Kumrambheem-Asifabad, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Rajanna Sircilla, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Sangareddy, Medak, Siddipet, Mahabubabad, Mahabubnagar, Wanaparthy, Jogulamba Gadwal, Mulugu and Narayanpet, will also witness a rise of 2-3°C in this week.
“As per the forecast received from Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad, mainly dry weather may prevail over different parts of the state during next five days. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to range between 38-43 degree Celsius and 20-27 degree Celsius respectively,” said the weather report issued by the IMD in Hyderabad.
As per the IMD and state authorities, a total of 568 mandals are vulnerable to heat wave in the state and more than 13 million people fall in severe, critical and semi-critical zones of heatwaves in the state of Telangana.
According to the IMD, heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail in isolated pockets over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana.
Heat Wave Action Plan
The Telangana State Development Planning Society has issued a Heatwave Action Plan to mobilize the policy makers, district level administration, field level personnel and other stakeholders to mitigate the impacts and combat the health hazards during heatwave season in Telangana.
The state authorities will collect weather data from 1,044 automated weather stations (AWS) to keep a real time check on the areas experiencing a sudden rise in temperature.
They will pay special attention to the COVID-19 patients as they are more susceptible to heat stress. The action plan has advised all health care workers and hospitals to be alert and prepare for a potential increase in COVID-19 patients. Additionally, it has advised the front line workers as well as health care workers to work in cool conditions as their PPE kits can induce heat stress.