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Storms kill at least 80 across India on Sunday; Dangerous heat to build this week

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
May 15, 2018, 6:34:37 AM EDT

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Less than two weeks after 134 people were killed in severe weather, another round of deadly thunderstorms lashed several Indian states on Sunday.

In total, at least 80 people have been killed and more than 100 injured throughout Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the National Capital Region (NCR) from severe weather on Sunday.

The death toll had risen above 50 in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh as of Monday afternoon, with more than 80 others being injured, according to the Times of India.

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A commuter walks past an uprooted tree from Sunday's sudden storm in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)


Most of the fatalities occurred from falling trees and collapsed buildings; however, several people also died due to lightning strikes and flash flooding.

Travel was disrupted across the NCR as trains came to a halt and flights were grounded and diverted from New Delhi’s international airport, according to the Associated Press.

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Village Itada is enveloped in thick blanket of dust during a dust storm in Noida near New Delhi, India, Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


The severe weather waned across northern India early this week and this pattern is expected to continue into this weekend

As high pressure builds, thunderstorms will be suppressed across northern India, including the NCR.

The change to drier weather will also allow dangerous heat to build across much of central and northern India this week.

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Widespread daily high temperatures in excess of 40 C (104 F) are forecast from Hyderabad to Lucknow, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.

The hottest days will feature high temperatures near or above 43 C (110 F), creating dangerous conditions for anyone spending time outdoors.

If you are planning on being outdoors for an extended period, be sure to drink plenty of water and try to avoid extended exposure to the heat during the hottest time of the day.

Another concern will be the duration of this heat as cooling thunderstorms will be limited to northeast and southern India into early next week.

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The intense heat will linger throughout the day and night, increasing the risk for heat-related illnesses, especially in children and the elderly.

While northeast India will avoid the most intense heat this week, daily thunderstorms will bring the risk for frequent lightning and flooding downpours.

The monsoon rain will get underway across southern India later this month, but lasting relief from the heat is not expected to reach northern India until late June.

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