According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), several parts in the city have witnessed temperatures of around 35 degree Celsius against the normal day temperature of 32 degrees for the month of February.

The TSPDS data for Wednesday evening showed that Ameerpet recorded the highest temperature of 35.1 degrees followed by Balanagar (34.8 degrees), Secunderabad (34.8 degrees), Shapurnagar (34.8 degrees) and Quthbullapur (34.6 degrees).

Usually, the transition from winter to summer begins in March, with February offering pleasant weather without much drop in night temperatures and without rise in day temperatures. However, going by the current weather, the transition has started a little early.

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The minimum night temperatures which generally settle below normal temperature (20 degrees) during February have also gone up. On Tuesday night, Bahadurpara recorded 22.7 degrees followed by Asifnagar (22.7 degrees), Shapurnagar (22.0 degrees) and Balanagar (22.0 degrees).

India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said the arrival of summers would vary from year to year.

“March witnesses a little hot and dry weather conditions and as we proceed towards April, there is a gradual change in weather conditions with a significant rise in maximum and minimum temperatures,” they said.

With the winter witnessing quite chilly and severe cold conditions, the summer could be equally severe, with day temperatures to soar right from the beginning of April, officials said.

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Meanwhile, the forecast for the week from IMD shows that day temperatures might hover over 30 degree Celsius, though there was a possibility of thunderstorms with hail on Friday.

As mercury levels started to take an upward curve, loads of watermelons have started to arrive at Gaddiannaram fruit market in Kothapet along with a surge in its sales.

The watermelon already is in good demand at this market which is popular as transition point for fruit business in the city. Several vendors from local markets, Rythu bazars and roadside stalls have been flocking to purchase watermelons.

According to a vendor, Ramesh, trucks of watermelons are being transported from different parts of Telangana mostly from Warangal. “We are getting a kg of watermelon for Rs 3.5 to Rs 4.5 and selling them in wholesale for around Rs 6 to the local vendors,” he said.

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Vendors say that there was dull business till last month and now the business is slowly picking up. The traders expect the sales to pick up early this summer and hope for good returns. “The summer conditions have started to show and the sales are also picking up. We hope the sales to peak early next month itself,” said Ramesh. #KhabarLive



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