North East basks in the sun - but how long will the warm weather last?

Paddle boarding fun at Hartlepool Marina

Paddle boarding fun at Hartlepool Marina

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Half-term ended with blazing sunshine as summer finally arrived in the North East.

June had started miserably but Sunday saw temperatures peak at higher than 20C as people fired up their barbecues or headed out to our great parks and beaches.

The sun was shining again this morning and thermometers are forecast to keep hitting around the 20C today and tomorrow.

But the Met Office is warning of possible thunderstorms tomorrow and showers later in the week.

They are also expecting things to cool down along the coast as we head towards the weekend.

The Met Office forecast for the coming days:

Barnes Park, Sunderland, in the sun, from Katherine Hammond

Barnes Park, Sunderland, in the sun, from Katherine Hammond

Today:

Early mist patches soon clearing, with any low cloud burning back to coasts. A warm, and sunny day follows, although isolated heavy showers are possible over the Pennines by late afternoon. Light winds. Maximumtemperature 22 °C.

Tonight:

A clear night for most areas, but some low cloud and mist will spread back inland with fog developing in places. Winds remaining light. Minimum temperature 7 °C.

Along the coast from Dan Taylor

Along the coast from Dan Taylor

Tuesday:

Warm sunshine during Tuesday, with afternoon thunderstorms developing, these mainly later in the day with torrential downpours in places. Winds mainly light, but gusty near storms. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Many places dry Wednesday and Thursday with sunny spells. Possible showers Wednesday. Warm inland becoming cooling. Cloudier near coasts. Rain or showers on Friday.

Along the coast from Dan Taylor

Along the coast from Dan Taylor