The extreme pre-monsoon heatwave the region has suffered in recent weeks eased a little after peak temperatures reached 51C in Pakistan on Saturday. But the heat looks likely to build again towards the end of this week and into the weekend, the Met Office's Global Guidance Unit warns. It says maximum temperatures are likely to reach 50C in some spots, with continued very high overnight temperatures.
"Spells of heat have always been a feature of the region's pre-monsoon climate during April and May," says Dr Nikos Christidis, who led the team responsible for today's study. "However, our study shows that climate change is driving the heat intensity of these spells making record-breaking temperatures 100 times more likely."