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Heat Wave in India on Saturday, 03 May, 2014 at 05:13 (05:13 AM) UTC.

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Khammam sizzled at an unbearable 47 degrees Celsius on Friday even as Hyderabad experienced its hottest day of this summer with the maximum temperature touching a sweltering 40.7 degrees. Heatwave conditions are prevailing in several districts and the Met department predicted that the trend is likely to continue with May being the peak summer month. "The day temperature in the state capital is likely to rise further and touch 43 degrees Celsius during the second or third week of May," an official said. Some city streets wore a deserted look in the afternoon as residents preferred to stay indoors to beat the heat, while those who ventured out had to cover their faces to dodge hot winds. "I decided not to venture out in the afternoon to avoid the blazing sun. My neighbour has already suffered a sunstroke and I don't want to be the next victim," said Srinivas Kanaparthy, a resident of Secunderabad. The traffic flow on the city roads came down considerably in the afternoon because of the heat. Elsewhere in the Telangana region, several districts recorded high temperatures with Rentachintala in coastal AP recording 44 degrees, Adilabad 43.5 degrees and Nizamabad experiencing a scorching 42.4 degrees.

Normal life was also disrupted in several districts in the state with residents confining themselves indoors between 10 am to 6 pm in Khammam, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Hanamkonda and Kurnool. A severe heatwave also disrupted normal life in coal belt areas such as Bellampalli, Mandamarri, Mancherial, Goliwada, and Srirampur of Adilabad district. Many villagers took shelter under trees to get some respite and were drinking coconut water, butter milk and other cool drinks to beat the heat. "The scorching heat is unbearable and the long load sheddings have made our life miserable this summer. We are eagerly waiting for the monsoon to commence," said T Nagaiah, a resident of Nizamabad. While the temperatures are likely to go up further, weathermen said the abundant heating over the land and the moisture feed from Bay of Bengal because of the formation of an anti-cyclone might bring in pre-monsoon showers during the next week in the evenings or nights. Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra, however, were slightly better off with the mercury hovering around 40 degrees Celsius at many places.

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