Oppressive heat wave conditions have claimed 16 lives in a single day in Telangana.
Senior citizens and infants are suffering the most, being hit by sunstrokes.
The severe heat featuring temperatures above even 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of the State have led to mounting casualties among livestock as well. The bird mortality rate which remains 2-3% during every summer has risen to 10% this month.
In most of the tanks in the city as well as in rural areas, the water is almost boiling hot due to high temperatures.
The Met officials have warned that the temperatures would be just as high in the next week. The forecast is of mostly dry weather and the maximum temperatures are expected to be 3 to 4 degrees above normal at many places, with the possibility of light to moderate rain/thundershowers during the afternoon/evening hours at isolated places from May 27 to 30.
In the GHMC area there will be dry weather, and maximum temperatures are expected to be in the range of 40 to 43 degrees, while minimum temperatures will be 29 to 31 degrees Celsius.
People have been asked not to come out of their houses from 10 am to 6 pm.