South Tyneside set for soaring temperatures higher than Portugal before evening washout

South Tyneside is expected to see temperatures of 20C this afternoon, May 18, before heavy rain showers hit overnight.

The Met Office has forecast warm weather across South Tyneside today, May 18 with highs of 20C and sunny spells.

Forecasters have predicted warm temperatures and sunny outbreaks this afternoon which will be hotter than Porto, in Portugal, with highs of 17C.

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The bright conditions follows a wet start to the week, which saw significant rainfall, as well as thunder storms, across the region on Monday, May 16.

South Tyneside is expected to see temperatures of 20C today.

However, the glorious weather is not set to last, with heavy rain showers predicted to roll in later this evening and overnight, with thundery showers also possible.

The regional weather forecast for the North East said: "Dry, with warm sunny spells for most of the day. Increasingly cloudy and breezy through the evening as showers or longer spells of rain, locally heavy and perhaps thundery, spread northeast. Maximum temperature 21 °C.

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"Showers or longer spells of rain, locally heavy and perhaps thundery, will clear eastwards through the early hours. Dry conditions with clear spells will follow, with winds becoming light. Minimum temperature 9 °C.”

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Take a look at your hour-by-hour South Tyneside weather forecast for Wednesday, May 18:

12pm: Sunny, 19C

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1pm: Sunny intervals, 20C

2pm: Sunny intervals, 20C

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3pm: Cloudy, 21C

4pm: Sunny intervals, 18C

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5pm: Sunny, 17C

6pm: Sunny intervals, 17C

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7pm: Sunny intervals, 16C

8pm: Cloudy, 16C

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9pm: Light rain, 15C

10pm: Heavy rain, 15C

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11pm: Heavy rain, 15C

12am: Heavy rain, 14C