A dangerous heat wave has been occupying India with no relief expected until the seasonal monsoons arrive, usually beginning in June. Northern India from West Bengal to Rajasthan will experience the highest heat and daily temperatures will approach or exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit/43 degrees Celsius. Temperatures are expected to continue increasing through the rest of the week and will remain well above normal through the next week.
Although heat waves are common events in India, this event is particularly worrisome due to its unusually early occurrence and persistence. Several millions or citizens and animals are at risk for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and/or heat stroke.
Even though the summer monsoons will arrive to Southern India in early June, they will not reach northern India until late June or early July; so the portion of the country that’s receiving the worst of the heat will continue to have brutal heat for quite some time.