The Met departments prediction of a delayed monsoon and an unabated heatwave have compelled the Delhi government to ask all city schools to extend their summer vacations by a week.
All schools have been directed to remain closed till July 8.
Education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Sunday said the directions have been issued to all government,government-aided and unaided-recognised schools.
Directorate of Education has said any non-compliance of the order will be viewed seriously.
The rains,which usually arrive in Delhi by June 30,are expected only later this week,the Met department has said.
Officials at the Regional Meteorological Centre said the pre-monsoon showers,light rainfall that precedes the onset of monsoon,in the city by July 4.
The monsoon system is very weak as of now,but light rainfall is expected by 3rd and 4th of this month. It is too early to say when the monsoon will hit the city. It will depend on whether the system gathers strength in the coming days, said R C Vashishtha,Director of Regional Meteorological Centre-Delhi.
Till the rains arrive,the maximum temperatures will remain between 43 and 44 degrees Celsius,he said.
On Sunday,the heatwave intensified as the day temperature shot up six degrees above normal to 43.5 degrees Celsius. The minimum was recorded at 31.4 degrees Celsius,four degrees above normal.
The heat will continue on Monday with the Indian Meteorological Department predicting temperatures between 43 and 32 degrees.
The forecast for the Monday predicts a sultry day with mainly clear sky.