Hyderabad is in the grip of an intense heat wave, with temperatures on Wednesday shooting up to 45 degrees, a record in 20 years.
According to the Hyderabad meteorigical office, the mercury soared to 45 degrees a day after crossing 44.5 degrees, which was the highest in 11 years.
For the third consecutive day, the Andhra Pradesh capital experienced scorching heat, rendering the streets virtually deserted. The city Monday recorded 44 degrees, the highest temperature of the current season.
Most people remained indoors to escape the heat while those on the roads covered their heads with scarves and caps. The continuing two-hour electricity shutdown in the city further added to the woes.
"The weather has become unbearable. I never felt such heat in Hyderabad," said Ramakrishna Reddy, a young software engineer.
The MET office has attributed the heat wave conditions in Hyderabad and other parts of the state, especially Telangana, to the northwest winds.
According to S V Rao of the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, the hot weather conditions were mainly due to the dry winds generated in Rajasthan and blowing through Maharashtra.
Ramagundam and Paloncha in Khammam district became a furnace Wednesday with temperature touching 49 degrees, the highest this season. Ramagundam in the past had recorded 50 degrees.
Several other towns in Telangana region recorded temperatures of over 45 degrees. It was 45.6 in Adilabad and Nizamabad, and over 44 in Karimnagar, Warangal and other districts.
The temperature is five to six degrees above normal in most parts of Telangana and two to three degrees above normal in Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra.
The worst may not be over for Hyderabd as the weather office has forecast that the severe heat wave would continue for the next four to five days.