New Delhi: Many parts of northern India, including the national capital and central and north-western states, received showers on Sunday, bringing cheer to the region, where the monsoon is likely to progress this week after scanty rains had sparked fears of a drought.

“Activity is shifting towards central India and some parts of northwest plains," the Indian Meteorological Department said. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into remaining parts of west Madhya Pradesh, many more parts of Gujarat, east Rajasthan and some more parts of west Rajasthan."

The national capital and several parts of north India, which have been reeling under a heat wave, may experience some respite and may get good rain from Wednesday.

“Good rain is likely in Delhi from Wednesday 16 July onwards. Rain in Delhi could occur in patches on Monday and will become scattered on Tuesday," private forecasting agency Skymet said, but added that the temperature is likely to be around 38 degrees Celsius and humidity is expected be around 80%.

Gujarat and Rajasthan, which have been experiencing drought-like conditions, are expected to get some relief as monsoon will be making inroads in these states from 15 July onwards.

Skymet said that good rain is in the offing for the next few days, particularly in central, east and the west coast of India.

The Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) reached some parts of both Gujarat and Rajasthan but is yet to cover the states entirely. However, conditions look favourable for the monsoon line to cover many more regions of Rajasthan and all of Gujarat by this week, Skymey said.

Rain is likely to occur in south east Rajasthan from Tuesday onwards, whereas in Gujarat rain occurred on Saturday and is likely in the southern regions on Monday, too.

The cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal has been travelling inland and has already brought good rain over Odisha, the Andhra coast and Chhattisgarh. It will travel further towards central India and continue to bring rain further to west Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, Skymet said.

Overall, the country has received only 43% of rainfall. It has only received 153.4mm of rainfall as compared to expected rainfall of 270.6mm.