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Cold wave conditions grip Telangana, Andhra

GHAZIABAD, INDIA - JANUARY 10: Vehicles move as heavy fog engulfed Ghaziabad and surrounding area which led to disruptions in traffic over NH-24 area near Dasna on January 10, 2014 in Ghaziabad, India. A cold, chilly day greeted Delhiites today with the mercury settling at 5 degree Celsius, two notches below normal. (Photo by Sakib Ali/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Hyderabad: Cold wave conditions have gripped Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with night temperature at many places falling two to three degrees below normal, Met officials said on Saturday.

The Hyderabad Meteorological Centre has warned that the cold wave conditions will prevail over the next five days in all districts of Telangana.

Mercury plummeted to 4 degrees Celsius in Adilabad on Saturday, making it the coldest place in Telangana. Medak recorded 8, Ramagundam 9 and Nizamabad 10 degrees Celsius.

Saturday was the coldest day of the season in Hyderabad with the minimum temperature falling to 13 degrees. Hamkipet on the city outskirts recorded 11 degrees.

The fall in temperature over the last two days caused severe hardships to people, especially the aged, children, beggars and those living on the streets.

Cold wave conditions prevailed in Karimnagar, Medak and Rangareddy districts.

Y.K. Reddy, director in-charge of the Hyderabad Meteorological Centre, attributed the cold wave conditions to the winds blowing from north India.

Minumuluru in Visakhapatnam district was the coldest place in Andhra Pradesh where mercury plummeted to 6 degrees. Other places in the district recorded low temperatures between 7 and 9 degrees Celsius.