India waited for the start of the annual monsoon amid a heat wave that has killed more than 2,200 people across the country.

Showers and thunderstorms in parts of southern India Sunday brought some much-needed relief but officials said the intense heat was likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.

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Daytime temperatures hovered between 45 and 47 degrees Celsius (113-116 Fahrenheit) in parts of the two states during the weekend.

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Andhra Pradesh reported 146 more deaths on Saturday, raising the toll 1,636 in an that state alone.

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Cooling monsoon rains are expected this week in southern India before gradually advancing north. The monsoon season will last until the end of September.

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