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50 killed by floods in Nepal; Sweltering heat remains across Delhi

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 14, 2019, 11:29:40 AM EDT

Since Friday, flooding has killed 50 in Nepal while dangerous heat and humidity remain across northern India.

Flooding and landslides have killed at least 50 people and left at least 30 missing in Nepal since Friday, with at least 12 deaths reported across the border in northeastern India, according to the Associated Press.

Since Friday, 200-300 mm (8-12 inches) of rain fell throughout the region. Low pressure moved northward from the Bay of Bengal and stalled in northeast India which lead to several days of inundation rainfall.

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While rainfall will lessen into the coming week, daily totals of 50-150 mm (2-6 inches) will remain possible on Monday and Tuesday. Downpours can trigger new flooding and slow recovery efforts.

According to ABC News, nine key highways remained blocked by floods and mudslides. More than 1,100 people have been rescued from flooded areas and more than 10,000 are estimated to have been displaced.

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A Nepalese pulls his motorbike and wades past a flooded street in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 12, 2019. Heavy rainfall since Thursday night has caused havoc throughout the country. According to the meteorological department, rainfall across the country will likely to continue till Sunday. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

More than one million people have been affected by flooding in Assam, according to Saturday's daily statement from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.

Several rivers across the state, including the Brahmaputra, were listed at dangerously high levels. Some of the embankments along the rivers are eroding, threatening neighboring villages.

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While flooding rainfall inundates Nepal and northeast India, largely dry, hot and humid conditions prevail across northwestern India.

AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will continue to climb to dangerous levels in India's National Capital Region (NCR) as substantial rain remains absent despite the monsoon season being officially underway.

The onset of the monsoon was declared late last week in the NCR, but dry weather is expected to hold through at least the end of the weekend. Most of southern Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and northern Chhattisgarh will also record little rainfall during this time.

Residents instead will be at risk for heat-related illnesses with sweltering heat and humidity in control.

Conditions will be most oppressive in northwestern India. This includes in the NCR, where actual temperatures are expected to climb between 37 and 40 C (99 and 104 F) daily. When oppressive humidity is factored in and wind lessens, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will approach or reach 43 C (110 F) during the afternoon.

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Residents of a housing society cool off with a "rain dance" organized to beat the heat on a hot summer day in Greater Noida, outskirts of New Delhi, India, on Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)


The breeze can also continue to blow around dust and reduce visibility. Hazardous air quality will further add to the dangers residents of the NCR are facing.

While the heat will be most extreme during the afternoon, sweltering conditions will last through the night with temperatures only dropping between 27 and 29 C (lower 80s F).

Precautions should be taken to avoid heat exhaustion or heatstroke. Be sure to drink plenty of water and wear light clothing.

Strenuous activities should be avoided, especially during the midday and afternoon (the hottest times of the day). If such work is necessary, take frequent breaks.

"No significant change in the weather pattern is anticipated across India this week," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"There will be an increased chance for isolated downpours in the NCR throughout the week, but substantial rain may not arrive until the end of July or early August," he added.

While the monsoon has been officially declared in the NCR, places near the border of Rajasthan and Pakistan will have to wait until later in the month.

"The monsoon may reach Pakistan no earlier than the week of July 22," Nicholls said.

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