By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 24,2017, 11:08:39AM,EDT
Relief from the pre-monsoon heat across northwestern India will be short-lived as another round of dangerous heat is expected from Thursday into this weekend.
The core of the heat currently over Afghanistan and Pakistan will expand eastward into northern India the next several days.
Temperatures will soar back above 43 C (110 F) in many locations from Punjab and Rajasthan into Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, including the National Capital Region.
This heat will arrive only days after clouds and rain resulted in the coolest day in two months in New Delhi.
The high temperature in New Delhi on Monday reached only 31 C (88 F). The normal high is 40 C (104 F).
Other cities that will have to contend with dangerous heat include Bhopal, Lucknow, Jaipur and Ludhiana.
Temperatures falling only to 28-32 C (82-90 F) overnight will bring little relief from the dangerous conditions.
Children and the elderly will be most prone to heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
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The heat will continue into Sunday before an increase in moisture brings a renewed threat for showers and thunderstorms, along with more widespread clouds early next week.
Eastern and southern India will avoid the most intense heat into next week as daily showers and thunderstorms and less sunshine keep temperatures at more seasonable levels.
Monsoon moisture is expected to increase across southern India over the next week or two, bringing further relief from the heat.
The monsoon is expected to advance at a normal rate this year, reaching New Delhi by the end of June.
The northwest progression of the monsoon will finally bring prolonged relief from the heat to millions of people who have endured rounds of dangerous heat since late March.