One of the major things that has a great impact in a person’s enjoyment of a vacation is the kind of weather that a particular place has. That is why for most everyone, especially those living in the West and the North where there are cold seasons, a place having tropical or equatorial weather is always a good place for a vacation. Fortunately for those who are considering spending a few days in Hyderabad, the place is one of those that are located relatively near the equator so a nice warm weather can generally be expected. It can be described as tropical, but not the clammy, overly sweltering type.
Hyderabad generally has three seasons. They are:
Summer. Like most countries in South Asia, summer in Hyderabad generally begins during March and ends somewhere in end-may or Mid-June. During this time, the temperature in the city can reach 40 degrees Celsius especially in May, although the average temperature is normally 25 degrees.
During summer, the most popular places to go are, generally, the places where people can be cool and relaxed. As such, places like water parks such as Ocean Park, Jalavihar, or Mount Opera are famous places to beat the sweltering summer heat. There are also great places for swimming, like the Dolphin Swimming Pool and the Banjara Hills. These places usually charge on a per hour basis.
During nighttime, summer can be refreshingly cool and some people actually prefer visiting the landmark places during this time.
Monsoon. Immediately after summer, from June to about October or so, the monsoon season sets in. During this time, the heat can become very much bearable, warm and humid. Monsoon in Hyderabad is pretty much marked by plenty of rainfall, with a high level of humidity accompanying it; more than 75% of the rainfall that the city receives happens during this season. July is usually the month where there are more rainy days but September is when the rains are heaviest.
Given Hyderabad’s dense population, anyone visiting the city during this time should expect more traffic than the usual.
Winter. From November to February, Hyderabad experiences the winter season and, generally, is what most people regard as the best time to visit the city. Unlike the northern parts of India, winter in Hyderabad isn’t overly chilly; it’s actually pretty pleasant. During winter, the average minimum temperature hovers around the 13 degree-Celsius range, although it can rise up to the 28-degree range.
For the most part, cotton clothes are a safe choice when going to Hyderabad, except in winter when light woolen clothes can become necessary. Humidity in the morning is usually very high, especially during the monsoon season, when it can exceed 80%. During the summer months, humidity can drop to an average of 25 to 30%.
The Indian subcontinent is characterized by a tropical monsoon climate which means that India is among the countries which receive seasonal rainfall in contrast to countries like Germany where precipitation occurs throughout the year. Most of India receives rain for only around 100 hours each year. The monsoon is highly important for India as it fills up water reservoirs, replenishes ground water and is essential for the Indian agriculture of which around 70% are rainfed.. Every year the newspapers report about the exact date when the rains are expected to start and whether the monsoon has brought more or less rain than in the years before. Apart from that the people rejoice in the streets as they finally find some relief from the summer heat when the rainy season starts, usually some day in June.
Rain in Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar - Hyderabad
But the monsoon also causes problems in India’s cities. Every year the heavy rains make some parts of the city to suffer from water logging. The rainwater infrastructure, if it exists at all, is not sufficient to guarantee the drainage of the water so that streets in low-lying areas get inundated. Roads are blocked leading to traffic jams, pedestrians have to wade through flooded streets and especially the urban poor, living in slums or squatters have their homes often damaged by the water, which may take several days to recede. But water logging happens everywhere, whether in rich or in poor neighbourhoods.
car in a waterlogged street
The water becomes polluted when it mixes with the garbage and waste that is littered everywhere and apart from disrupting traffic it also becomes a risk to health. On its homepage the Hyderabad Traffic Police publishes a list of streets and junctions which suffer from heavy water logging (http://www.htp.gov.in/WaterLogging.html). They also warn of manholes which have no cover. In an inundated street they become invisible and cause a serious threat to pedestrians and the city’s many two-wheelers.
waterlogging in a residential area
The Traffic Police blames the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) for being unprepared and not addressing the issue properly. However the construction of conventional rainwater sewers would be extremely expensive since they would have to be designed for heavy showers but at the same time they would only be required during a period of three to four months a year.
dirty street - dirty runoff
A way to tackle the water logging problem as well as the ever decreasing levels of ground water could be rain water harvesting, a technology that has been used in ancient India for thousands of years but which fell into oblivion during the colonial rule. Many Indian cities, among them Hyderabad, have already made it mandatory for new buildings which cover a certain area to have facilities to capture the rainwater runoff and use it to recharge the groundwater on the spot. Although the intentions behind promoting rainwater harvesting are good, it has to be done very carefully in urban areas, since the runoff can be highly polluted with all kinds of contaminants. The infiltration facilities have to be chosen appropriately in order to prevent the possibility of ground water contamination.
Kilian Christ, PhD Student, RWTH Aachen University, Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, email@example.com See all posts from Kilian Christ