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IMD Forecasts Hotter Summer and Increased Heatwaves in Andhra Pradesh

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning of a hotter-than-usual summer and an uptick in heatwave occurrences in Andhra Pradesh, attributing the trend to the El Nino effect. IMD Amaravati Director S. Stella emphasized that while the El Nino phenomenon may weaken and become neutral at the onset of the monsoon, its impact will persist until then, leading to above-normal maximum and minimum temperatures across the state.

According to Stella, Andhra Pradesh can expect deviations of 4 to 5 degrees Celsius from the normal temperatures, with some areas possibly experiencing temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius until the first week of June. Recent data from March 4 indicates rising temperatures across the state, with Anantapur recording the highest temperature at 39.9°C.

In response to the IMD’s advisory, the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) has pledged to issue timely warnings and cautionary messages via mobile phones to alert residents about impending heatwaves. APSDMA Managing Director Kurmanath highlighted the potential risks associated with heatwaves, citing past instances of heat-related deaths and the importance of proactive measures to mitigate heat-related illnesses.

Kurmanath provided statistics on heatwave-related fatalities in previous years, underscoring the urgency of preparedness efforts. To address the anticipated rise in temperatures, the State Emergency Operation Centre of the Disaster Management Authority will issue advance instructions to district administrations, ensuring prompt responses to heatwave conditions.

Additionally, authorities have cautioned against outdoor activities during peak sunlight hours, particularly between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly, are advised to stay indoors, while laborers are encouraged to schedule work during cooler hours. To prevent dehydration, residents are advised to consume electrolyte-rich beverages such as ORS, buttermilk, and coconut water.

To facilitate public awareness and assistance, helpline numbers (112, 1070, 18004250101) have been made available round the clock. Both the IMD and APSDMA urge residents to prioritize safety measures and remain vigilant during periods of heightened temperatures and potential heatwave events.

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