Telangana experienced its driest August in 50 years with just 6 rainy days, according to a report.

In August, Telangana experienced an extraordinary meteorological anomaly with just six days of rainfall, a stark contrast to the usual 18 rainy days for the month. This information was unveiled in a report issued by the Telangana State Development and Planning Society (TSDPS) on a Thursday. The report further disclosed that August 2023 was the driest August the state had encountered in the past five decades.

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The data provided in the report indicated that this year, Telangana received a mere 80mm of rainfall, significantly falling short of the average of 217.4mm for August, marking a substantial deficit of 63%. This August ranks as the third driest in the state’s history. The driest August was documented in 1968, when only 42.7mm of rainfall was recorded, followed by 67.9mm in 1960. The statistics for this year have surpassed the 50-year record set in 1972, which marked the third driest August with 83.2mm of rainfall.

Several districts in Telangana are grappling with a substantial deficit in rainfall, with Nagarkurnool facing a deficit of 20%. Districts such as Hyderabad, Asifabad, Mancherial, Gadwal, Suryapet, Nalgonda, and Khammam have all recorded cumulative rainfall figures below the historical averages. The soaring temperatures, with Hyderabad reaching 34.2 degrees Celsius and Nalgonda and Khammam registering 37 degrees Celsius, have exacerbated the situation, and meaningful relief may only arrive with widespread rainfall.

The most recent reports from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) offer a glimmer of hope, indicating that thundershowers, influenced by hot weather and a new cyclonic circulation forming in the Bay of Bengal, could potentially bring heavy rainfall to areas including Hyderabad from September 2 onwards.

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