By Eric Leister, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 27,2017, 9:24:48AM,EDT
Dangerous heat will continue to endanger millions of residents and animals across northwestern India into this weekend.
The core of the heat currently over Afghanistan and Pakistan is surging into northern India.
Many locations from from Punjab and Rajasthan into Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh will continue to face highs at or above 43 C (110 F) this weekend.
Dangerous highs of 42-45 C (108-113 F) will bake the National Capital Region. Saturday will be the hottest day of the weekend.
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 be trimmed in northwestern India early next week as an increase in moisture brings a renewed threat for showers and thunderstorms, along with more widespread clouds.
In eastern India, the heat will help fuel afternoon thunderstorms daily through this weekend.
"Later this weekend into early next week, a tropical cyclone is expected to develop in the Bay of Bengal," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.
"The budding cyclone would likely threaten Bangladesh but may work to worsen the heat in Odisha and Chhattisgarh into Bihar," he said. This spike in temperatures may come on Tuesday.
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.