What is normally the hottest four to six weeks of weather over the Indian Subcontinent as a whole is beginning in a most fitting way. On Monday, temperatures soared to between 110 and 115 degrees over southern Pakistan and northwestern through central India. One site in Pakistan, Nawabshah, even observed 118 degrees.

Tuesday through at least Friday, daily highs of 110-115 degrees will be widespread over northern and central India. In southern Pakistan, there will be highs of 115 to 120 degrees.

While the Subcontinent is renowned for the withering heat that always precedes the rainy summer monsoon, this bout of heat will be even more severe than average. The heat will stress populations unsheltered from the direct heat and sun.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews