New Delhi, May 23 (TNS): Life-threatening heat is expected across northern India and Pakistan into this weekend and no relief is in sight, Indian media quoting weather forecasting website reported here on Wednesday.
According to forecast, a strong area of high pressure has taken control of the region, limiting any cooling thunderstorms and allowing temperatures to soar to the highest levels of the year in many locations.
Such heat is dangerous for the millions of people and animals living across northern India and neighboring Pakistan.
The recent heat has already claimed the lives of at least 65 people in Karachi.
Temperatures have soared to around 43 C (110 F) in Karachi since Saturday and will remain dangerously high through Wednesday before high temperatures trend closer to 38 C (100 F) later this week.
Temperatures will continue to reach or crack 43 C (110 F) in the National Capital Region (Delhi) and Lucknow on several occasions into next week.
No relief will come at night. Temperatures in Delhi will only dip between 27 and 29 C (lower 80s F) at night, preventing buildings without air conditioning from cooling.
Highs around 46 C (115 F) are expected in Ahmedabad and the hottest locations could see temperatures approach 48 C (118 F).
Be sure to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous activities during the midday and afternoon hours (the hottest times of the day). Care should be taken to ensure the elderly and children are following these precautions, while ensuring animals have proper shelter.
Long-range forecasts indicate that dangerous heat will prevail through at least the first week of June across northern India, with little or no rainfall expected.
Some locations will endure a heat wave until the second half of June, when monsoon rain finally brings lasting relief.