New Delhi, Sept. 20 -- Heavy and widespread rain in peninsular and northeast India will persist till October, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

Northwest India will continue to remain dry and Rajasthan is likely to experience dry weather but weather models are not showing monsoon withdrawal commencement from northwest India as yet.

According to the weekly weather report, due to heavy rain over south India and parts of northeast, rain deficiency of 30% in the week ending September 9 was not only compensated last week but also recorded an excess of 7% this week. "A change in weather patterns which resulted in above normal rain in the past week from -30% we reached 7% excess as far as weekly rain is considered. This cha...