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Downpour brings heatwave to an end - and there’s more on way

GHOST TOWN ... King Street in South Shields is desolate as the rain pours down this afternoon.

GHOST TOWN ... King Street in South Shields is desolate as the rain pours down this afternoon.

A HEAVY downpour this afternoon brought South Tyneside’s recent heatwave to an end - and there’s more on the way this weekend.

Scorching sunshine has been tantalising workers all week looking forward to a glorious couple of days off - but they are set to be disappointed.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for rain, dashing the hopes of people with plans that involve the great outdoors.

Tomorrow, the yellow warning - which instructs people to “be aware” - is in place for several parts of the country, including the North East.

On Sunday, it remains in place for this region, as well as the North West and large parts of Scotland.

Mark Wilson, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said people can expect temperatures to drop significantly too.

He described the rain - and in some places strengthening winds - as “fairly unusual” for this time of year.

“It’s going to rain for several hours,” he said, adding that there is the potential for as much as 50mm of rainfall in 12 hours in some areas.

Many areas will be lucky and escape the worst of the rain, but going into next week, it is unlikely the great weather we’ve had will return.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to go back to the weather we’ve had,” he said.

“There will be a few showers around. Temperatures will be lower at 20C-23C,” he said.

 

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