A heat wave that has already claimed more than 1,400 lives this month will continue into next week across parts of central and northern India.
An increase in moisture from the Bay of Bengal into southern India will supply some relief; however, many of the area that are currently dealing with the worst of the heat will continue to endure similar conditions for at least another week.
The core of the heat next week will be centered from Pakistan eastward across northwest and north-central India, including New Delhi.
The temperature has reached or passed 43 degrees Celsius (110 F) in New Delhi for seven straight days, with little relief at night.
While much of India suffers through dry and hot weather in the weeks leading up to the arrival of monsoonal rain each year, the magnitude and duration of the heat this year has resulted in life-threatening conditions for millions of people.
A ridge of high pressure over northern India will continue to result in largely dry weather with extreme heat for the rest of this week and next week as well.
While the heat may begin to back off slightly late next week, no widespread relief is expected until mid- to late June when monsoon rains will begin to spread into north-central India.
Some relief will be felt in Hyderabad which has sweltered through temperatures ranging from 42 to 44 C (107 to 112 F) since May 19.
Extreme heat remains in the forecast through Sunday, but an increase in moisture will lead to more clouds and the chance of an isolated shower or thunderstorm each day next week, beginning with Monday.
The monsoon is expected to yield below-normal rainfall across northern India this year, which will likely lead to further heat waves throughout the summer months.