An intense blistering heat wave will build over the heart of India as this week and the next start. By next Wednesday, high temperatures of 110 degrees will become widespread across the breadth of India from the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in the west to Bihar and Orissa in the East. The heat will bring stressful impact to the population, especially those without access to shelter.

This heat marks the start of a yearly phenomenon on the Indian Subcontinent, that of widespread severe heat before the onset of summer monsoon rain. Thus, high heat will persist, albeit with some waxing and waning in intensity, right through May, which is normally the hottest month of the year over the Subcontinent as a whole.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews