The state is heating up much earlier than usual. Experts from the Indian Meteorological Department said the mercury will be topping 38º Celsius in the next few days. By March end, Hydera-badis may see the temperatures reaching the 40ºC level, while the rest of the state would be logging 43ºC. Further on, till the expected onset of monsoon in June, the maximum temperatures at many places could touch 48ºC.
IMD experts are attributing the dry and hot spell to the inertness of the air over the Bay of Bengal, where no weather system in the form of depressions or cyclone has built up. “The effect of low-level easterlies and north-easterlies which were lying over Tamil Nadu is also withdrawing. As a result, there are clear skies and day temperatures are soaring,” an IMD official said. The average temperature at most places is 36ºC, with Kurnool logging 38ºC. If a system develops in Bay of Bengal, only then people can expect some respite from the heat wave,” the official said.