The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in Hyderabad has issued a heavy rain warning to northern Andhra and Telangana states over the weekend. Due to weather patterns over neighbouring Odisha and Maharashtra states, it is believed that pockets of very heavy rain will affect the northern parts of both states, with lighter showers being experienced further down south.
The districts in Andhra Pradesh expected to be subjected to heavy downpours are East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, and Visakhapatnam districts, while the affected districts in Telangana state are Adilabad, Nizamabad, Nirmal, Jagtial, Karimnagar, Rajanna Sircilla, Medak, Bhadradri Kothagudem, and Warangal districts. The monsoon activity has seen a slight lull in the preceding week, but due to general pattern shifts in the nearby areas, there is a chance of increased rainfall, according to the IMD.
Y.K. Reddy of the MD in Hyderabad has said that thunderstorms are likely, adding, “Monsoons are active. There is upper air circulation in Orissa which will lead to increased rainfall activity in parts of the states.” Rain warnings such as this usually carry with them the general need for citizens to be aware of rising water levels, and also to stay away from the coastline or beaches as strong winds and lightning could cause severe threats. The IMD will update its warning if there is any change in the weather patterns expected for the next two days, but a general advisory is considered to have come into effect until otherwise informed by them.