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A dangerous, widespread heat wave will continue across India this week, putting millions of people at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Intense heat has arrived unseasonably early across India, and no relief is expected in the near future.
"Most of India will reach high temperatures at or above 38 C (100 F)," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.
The exceptions will be coastal areas and the Himalayas of northeastern India.
"Along the coast, very humid conditions will make it feel even hotter," Leister said.
AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will soar as high as 41-43 C (105-110 F).
The highest temperatures across the country will occur across Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and eastern Maharashtra where highs during the middle and end of the week will range from 43-46 C (110-115 F).
New Delhi is expected to endure temperature above 38 C (100 F) into early next week. Overnight lows will fall only to 21-24 C (70-75 F) during this time. Some modest relief is possible during the second half of week as a storm system passes north of the city.
The combination of how widespread and long-lasting the heat will be will significantly raise the threat for heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Anyone who must spend time outdoors is encouraged to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.
Very warm nighttime conditions will only heighten the risk for heat-related illness. The elderly should be closely monitored for any signs of distress.
Any strenuous activities should be avoided during the midday and afternoon hours, the hottest times of the day.
This intense heat will be similar to what is experienced in late April or May ahead of the monsoon. A high temperature near 32 C (90 F) is more common in New Delhi in late March.
Any relief from the heat is expected to be short-lived, and the months leading up to the arrival of the monsoon will yield several dangerous heat waves across India.
Hundreds of people die each year due to excessive heat across India. That number can rise into the thousands during the most extreme heat waves.
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