India, Sept. 17 -- There is no sign of the retreat of the southwest monsoon, the main rain-bearing weather pattern in the Indian subcontinent, in the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

Usually, the monsoon starts withdrawing in the first week of September. However, this has been delayed by more than two weeks this year. "The withdrawal of the monsoon is not expected immediately. We are not meeting the retreat criteria. Rainfall is continuing. Retreat was to begin on September 1. We do not have any indication for retreat to begin in the next five days," said K Sathi Devi, head of the National Weather Forecasting Centre.

According to weather scientists, the trend of delayed retreat of the monsoon has been there f...