Heavy rains lashed parts of Andhra and Telangana on Monday bringing respite from heat wave conditions prevailing in the state. Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) stated that the rains occurred due to upper air circulation in west central Bay of Bengal near the northern border of Andhra Pradesh and Southern parts of Odisha.

A private weather forecasting company Skymet Weather, said the rains brought down the temperature by two degrees in Andhra Pradesh. It stated “the heat wave conditions were completely abated for the region but the humidity saw a steep rise.” It also said the rains will continue for another 4 to 5 days before the onset of monsoon.

Skymet also issued an advisory to the farmers against sowing of crops for the kharif season for the next 10 to 15 days as the monsoon is expected to be mild and will have a sluggish progress. It said “Sowing early will only push up the cost of production for farmers and also affect the crop yield.”

Rains accompanied by strong winds, lightning and thunder drenched Hyderabad on June 3rd uprooting trees and electric poles in various parts of the city. The unexpected rainfall caused inconvenience due to traffic jams and powercuts. Part of the iconic arc of Moula-ali was damaged and collapsed causing huge inconvenience. The IMD had previously predicted heatwave for the next 2 days in parts of Telangana.

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