By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 17,2017, 10:16:40AM,EDT
While New Delhi may have to wait longer than normal for the monsoon to begin, sweltering air will continue to fuel thunderstorms into next week.
High temperatures in New Delhi were held to near 35 C (95 F) on Friday after showers and thunderstorms rolled through Thursday night into Friday morning.
Similar days are shaping up for the region into next week as showers and thunderstorms are set to roll through daily.
On the days that the storminess holds off until the afternoon, temperatures may still climb to 38-39 C (lower 100s F). Temperatures will be held closer to Friday’s high on the days that start with lingering clouds and/or showers and thunderstorms.
While the turn to unsettled weather will hold actual high temperatures back and bring brief temperature drops during the day, sweltering humidity may still create even higher AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
Residents will have to continue to take the necessary precautions to keep cool and not to overexert themselves during strenuous activities.
A surge in even higher humidity early next week may cause the thunderstorms to become heavier with an increased risk in localized flash flooding.
The unsettled weather pattern unfolding across northwestern India is not the result of the advancing monsoon.
In fact, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls expects the monsoon rain over southern and northeastern India to fail to make much more progress over the rest of the country the next several days.
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"While the monsoon has made steady advancement in the past couple of weeks, that will change this weekend and into next week," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said.
"The monsoon from the Arabian Sea may advance very little into central India well into next week," he said. "However, there are signs that the monsoon from the Bay of Bengal may start to make more progress into north-central India later next week."
In either case, Nicholls does not expect the monsoon to reach New Delhi until early July. The typical onset of the monsoon in the National Capital Region is by July.
Monsoonal rain will continue to stream into northeastern India and Bangladesh well into next week, threatening to trigger more mudslides and flash flooding.
The region is still recovering from the devastating mudslides that killed more than 150 people earlier this week.
One of the hardest-hit regions is in eastern Bangladesh, including Chittagong and the Rangamati Hill District.
At least 5,000 homes were destroyed or damaged in Rangamati, according to the Associated Press.