By Adam Douty, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 26,2017, 7:13:13PM,EDT
A dangerous and 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 see high temperatures at or above 38 C (100 F)," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.
The exception will be in coastal areas and across the Himalayans 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).
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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 that must spend time outdoors is encouraged to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.
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. March is typically a more comfortable time of the year.
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.