India, June 23 -- The south-west monsoon is unlikely to hit Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, and some parts of Rajasthan till the end of the month, the Indian weather office said on Tuesday, further pushing back the expected arrival of the seasonal rains, which, just around 10 days ago, looked set to make an entry in the Capital almost a fortnight early, by June 15. Now, it will almost keep to the schedule it usually does, year after year.

The India Meteorological Department also added that a weak monsoon phase is commencing over central, Peninsular and northwest India during next seven days owing to unfavourable meteorological conditions. Still, almost all parts of the country have so far received excess rainfall. Till Monday, the country as a w...