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Heat to ramp back up in Delhi as heat wave continues to plague eastern India

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 20, 2019, 7:36:32 AM EDT

Thunderstorms have retreated to the north, allowing for dangerous heat to return to much of India.

After some wet weather brought temperatures down late last week across parts of central and northern India, dry weather and heat is set to return in full force this week.

"The heat from eastern India is expected to expand back into Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) this week," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards.

Temperatures will creep back to 39-42 C (102-108 F) the next several days in the NCR and remain at those levels into the weekend.

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Heat of this magnitude will easily impact communities from Delhi to Jaipur and Indore.

"Any outdoor activities done in this heat could be very strenuous and potentially dangerous," Richards added.

When possible, outdoor activities should be avoided during the hottest part of the day. Residents should also be sure to drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and seek shade for a break from the heat.


An Indian man sleeps in the shade of a tree on a hot summer afternoon in Hyderabad, India, Friday, May 17, 2019. Hyderabad has been experiencing extreme heat conditions with temperature recorded at 41 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit) on Friday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

For those celebrating Ramadan throughout this heat wave and are unable to drink water during the day, the heat could be even more dangerous. According to Cornell University's health department, continuing to drink at night, even when you aren't thirsty, is essential to staying hydrated and safe.

Such remedies are likely to be the only way to beat the heat, even as the week progresses. The cooling thunderstorms that helped to bring temperatures down earlier in the month will remain across the higher terrain of far northern India and Nepal.

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Meanwhile, cities from Hyderabad and Nagpur to Patna and Kolkata will continue to have temperatures above 40 C (104 F) right into next weekend.

The hottest communities can expect temperatures to exceed 43 C (110 F) on multiple days this week. A few communities will endure temperatures as high as 46 C (115 F).

Hot, stagnant air is likely to bring poor air quality, which will be a concern the longer the dry and hot weather persists.

No lasting relief from the heat is expected across eastern India into late May, with monsoon rainfall still weeks away.

Download the free AccuWeather app to see the potential for heat to impact your community this weekend.

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