Motorists wade through heavy rain logged road at Oliphant bridge in Secunderabad this Tuesday.

(Chitti Babu/TOI, BCCL, Hyderabad)

Thursday, August 4: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana experienced mild rainfall during the past several days, in contrast to the other southern states that stole the spotlight with severe rain-induced floods and landslides. But now, some enhancement in the monsoon rainfall intensity as well as coverage is on the cards for these two states for the remainder of this week.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the shear zone resting over south peninsular India as well as a cyclonic circulation over southwest Bay of Bengal will combine their powers to take control of India’s southeastern coast towards this weekend.

Under their influence, fairly widespread to widespread rains along with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) are expected over Rayalaseema region of Andhra on Friday (August 5), Telangana from Thursday to Monday (August 4-8), and coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam from Saturday to Monday (August 6-8).

Moreover, very heavy rains (115.5 mm-204 mm) are expected over Rayalaseema on Thursday, Telangana between Saturday and Monday, and Coastal Andhra Pradesh next Monday.

In lieu of the intense weather, the IMD has placed Telangana on yellow watch from Thursday and Friday, and then on orange alert (meaning ‘be prepared’) from Saturday to Monday. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh will only be on a yellow watch (meaning ‘be updated’) during this five-day forecast period.

On a district level, the IMD has issued the following orange alerts for the next few days:

  • Thursday, August 4: Kurnool and Anantapuramu in Andhra; Nirmal, Nizamabad, Sangareddy, Vikarabad, Khammam, Suryapet, Bhuvanagiri, Nalgonda and Nagalkurnool in Telangana
  • Friday, August 5: Anantapuramu and Chittoor in Andhra
  • Sunday, August 7: Medak, Sangareddy, Vikarabad, Rangareddy and Mahabubanagar in Telangana
  • Monday, August 8: Jangaon, Hanamkonda, Warangal and Mahabubanagar in Telangana

In addition to these warnings, many weather sources have cautioned against heavy rains that are likely to lash Hyderabad and cause traffic congestion around afternoon/evenings during this time.

While some enhanced activity was observed in the coastal areas of these states earlier this week, the rainfall has remained mostly scanty in other parts. Disruptions in the movement of vehicular traffic due to waterlogging were observed in some districts of Andhra Pradesh around Thursday. At the same time, the road between Somamdevapalli and Hindupur districts became inundated as water encaptured the Brahmanapalli bridge.

On the other hand, 11 major reservoirs and hundreds of water tanks are filling up due the exceptional inflows in Andhra Pradesh, irrigation officials have informed.

3-day rain accumulation from Thursday to Saturday. (TWC Met Team)

3-day rain accumulation from Thursday to Saturday.

(TWC Met Team)

Overall, the steady and consistent rains have helped Telangana fare exceptionally well for itself since the beginning of the monsoon season, helping the state amass 703 mm of rainfall (against normal of 372 mm, leading to a 89% excess) between June 1 and August 3.

Similarly, the Rayalaseema region of Andhra has also accumulated 249 mm of rain during this time period, resulting in a 43% excess against the normal of 174 mm. Meanwhile, coastal Andhra Pradesh has only seen 336 mm of precipitation against its normal of 283 mm, leading to a respectable 18% excess.

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