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Sultry weather conditions prevailing in ‘Blazewada’ indicate summer’s arrival in advance. The city recorded 30 degrees temperature on Friday.

Blazewada feels the heat

Sultry weather conditions prevailing in ‘Blazewada’ indicate summer’s arrival in advance. The city recorded 30 degrees temperature on Friday. Within a week, the mercury may soar to 35 degrees Celcius. The sultry conditions are forcing people to take measures to save their skin and health. While some opt for cool drinks, others use umbrellas to avoid direct contact with the rays of the sun. Many realised the season has come to buy/repair coolers and air conditioners to beat the heat.

An analysis of weather conditions during the past one week suggests that it was cloudy in the morning with mist at some places and temperature take a sudden spurt by noon. The hot conditions prevail till 4pm. Now, sultry weather is forcing people to depend on alternative measures. Watermelons, cane juice, cool drinks and fruit juices are selling like anything in the city on the banks of the Krishna River. Frequent sweating is another irritating feature of the increased heat in Vijayawada.

The greenbelts were destroyed after bifurcation. In preparation of the new capital building, many trees were chopped. In fact, the felling down of big trees started due to Krishna Pushkaralu. In order to widen roads and accommodate concrete jungle necessary for temporary structures for temporary capital a lion’s share of greenery was mercilessly removed.

Weather sources indicate that the next fortnight would be hotter than what the city is witnessing now. Students appearing for SSC and Intermediate examinations are suffering from heat. “I have to travel 25km to reach my college every day. Even Sunday is no exception. The heat conditions are a cause of concern as I’m getting tired too early,” said Fasiha, an engineering student.

The increased business of soft drinks and juices indicate the summer this might be hotter and needs care. “Take excessive amount of water to compensate loss of water in the body in the form of sweat. At the same time, care should be taken not to drink juices if ice is mixed. Ice at many kiosks would be prepared from unhygienic water,” Dr Venkateswara Rao said.

By Noor Shaik

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