This is when lightning is expected to strike in South Tyneside as warning issued over thunderstorms

South Tyneside has been told to brace itself for thunderstorms this weekend as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning.

Saturday, 7th August 2021, 1:19 pm

According to Met Office forecasters, people in South Tyneside should expect heavy rain, as well as thunder and lightning, over the course of the weekend.

A Met Office yellow warning for sudden thunderstorms is in place for both Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8.

Heavy downpours are expected at around 1pm on Saturday, with the rain expected to continue throughout the afternoon until around 5pm.

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Heavy rain is expected to hit South Tyneside this weekend.

However, it will remain a mild day with highs of 16°C before turning cloudy overnight.

The worst of the stormy weather is set to hit the borough on Sunday, with the Met Office predicting heavy rain, thunder and lightning, at around 11am.

Showers will continue into the afternoon, but there will also be sunny spells and highs of 19°C. It will then turn cloudy overnight.

The Met Office is warning anyone travelling in the area to be aware that there may be flooding and disruption as a result of any heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Anyone driving during the thunderstorm is advised to wind up the windows and stay inside the car, while anyone outdoors during the storm should seek shelter, but avoid water and find a low-lying open place a safe distance from trees, poles or metal objects.

Looking ahead into next week, the Met Office forecast for the North East says: “Monday sunny spells and scattered heavy, perhaps thundery, showers.

"Tuesday scattered showers, but these are lighter. On Wednesday there is a chance of rain arriving, most likely across the Pennines, becoming locally rather warm.”

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