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Will First Significant Heat Wave Impact India's Beneficial Monsoon Rain?

The first major heat wave is likely to occur next week across eastern Pakistan, northern India and Bangladesh as an area of high pressure causes plenty of sunshine and a dry northwest wind.

New Delhi, India, is a location that is going to endure extreme heat. High temperatures will climb to near 41 C (105 F) Monday through Wednesday, and Thursday the temperature may soar to 43 C (110 F).

This heat is a bit early but not unheard of for this time of year. India's hottest weather often occurs before the onset frequent rains, often called the monsoon.

The monsoon may be different this year because of the expected upcoming El Ni&ntildeo.

If the monsoon rain is delayed, it would be a disaster for agriculture, according to Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

However, there are mixed signals as to how much the monsoon may be limited.

"The monsoon may start on time or even slightly early, but the rainfall during the monsoon season may less than normal and more sporadic, especially in the north," Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "The drought they had in the summer of 2009 the monsoon started on time and ended late, but rainfall during the season was hindered by the onset of El Ni&ntildeo that summer which again may be the case this summer."