Yellow weather warning issued for heavy rain, floods, hail, thunder and lightning

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Forecasters have issued a weather warning for tomorrow with thundery showers, hail, lighting and persistent rain all predicted.

Council chiefs are warning drivers and other members of the public to take care after the advice issued by the Met Office.

It comes after the region has enjoyed a week of warm sunshine, which sadly looks to end in time for the bank holiday weekend.

Weather experts at the agency have issued a yellow warning for between 1pm to 11pm on Saturday in the North East.

The warning reads: "Rain will become persistent and heavy at times on Saturday afternoon and evening.

"Some torrential thundery outbreaks are likely in places, leading to some localised flooding, especially on the roads where some travel disruption may occur."

The Met Office chief forecaster's assessment reads: "Skies will brighten following a band of showery rain, though rising temperatures will cause heavy showers to develop.

"Whilst many will miss the worst, some places could see 20-30 mm in an hour or less. The risk of this looks slightly higher across Scotland than across England or Northern Ireland."

Durham County Council is among the North East authorities warning residents to take care.

In a statement, it said: "The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain on Saturday from 1pm until 11pm with potentially thundery showers, hail and lightning. Please take extra care if you're about and about."