India, June 27 -- The southwest monsoon is on a small "break".

Weather scientists said on Saturday that the monsoon was unlikely to progress towards Delhi-NCR and neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab for at least a week as it was entering a "break spell" from June 29 apart from unfavourable conditions that were not likely to spur it further on its path.

This spell, officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, will likely get heavy rainfall confined to north-east India and subdued showers in the remaining parts of the country till at least July 5.

"Models suggest monsoon entering into a break spell from June 29. Heavy rains to be confined mainly over northeast India at least till July 5 wit...