As the frost hits South Shields, are the freezing temperatures set to rise in the coming days
More frost and freezing fog have been forecast as December gets under way.
The Met Office's latest predictions for the North East suggest while today is likely to remain fine following on from a cold and crisp start, this is what we can expect from the days ahead.
How cold will it get tonight?
The maximum temperature the region will rise to 5C today, Saturday, November 30, but that will drop to sub-zero temperatures as night falls.
There could be odd coastal showers, with longer clear spells, but then there will be widespread inland frost.
Areas of freezing fog will form, becoming dense in some local areas, with the temperature expected to drop to -3C.
What is Sunday’s weather outlook?
After a frosty start the freezing fog will mostly slowly clear, then sunny spells for many areas.
However coastal areas will have patchy cloud and a chance of showers.
The maximum temperature will be 5C, although it will largely remain around the 2C or 3C mark, with it sunny between 10am and 3pm.
How about the weather ahead?
The outlook for Monday to Wednesday suggests it will be largely dry but often cloudy, with just perhaps a little light rain at times but also some bright or sunny spells.
It will occasionally become breezy and milder.
What about further ahead?
From Wednesday, December 4, to Friday, December 13, the Met Office has said much of England will be settled at first with areas of fog developing which will locally persist for much of the day on Wednesday and Thursday. Some bright or sunny spells are possible, particularly around the coastline.
Over the weekend and into the following week, the changeable theme is likely to persist with spells of more organised cloud, rain and stronger winds followed by some brighter, showery and colder interludes.
The heaviest rainfall is likely across the northwest with snow over northern hills, possibly to lower levels at times.
Temperatures are likely to remain at or slightly below normal with occasional milder interludes mainly in the south.