Winter arrives with high winds, torrential rain and plummeting temperatures

A storm is rising?
A storm is rising?

Autumn is well and truly here, with high winds, torrential rain and temperatures set to plummet.

Storm Abigail battered the North East last night, with gales and torrential rain.

And the blustery weather is set to continue throughout the weekend, with sunny intervals and blustery showers today and temperatures likely to be substantially lower than recently.

Tomorrow will start dry but cloudy, with more rain set to arrive around lunchtime, then Sunday is also set to by wet and windy.

The Met Office has now issued a yellow warning for rain, affecting Northumberland and Durham, lasting from Saturday until Monday. Communities are being urged to “be aware” of localised flooding due to the heavy rain.

The rain is forecast to ease off towards the end of next week, but temperatures are set to fall further, with a low of just 3C (37F) next Sunday night.

Last night's downpour couldn't dampen the spirits of visitors to the opening night of Durham's Lumiere festival but it did force the cancellation of Sunderland's planned Christmas lights switch-on.

The start of the city's festivities will now take place on Tuesday, with X Factor star Andrea Faustini still scheduled to press the all-important button.

The North East caught the edge of Storm Abigail last night, with Scotland bearing the brunt.

The Highlands and Islands were hit by gusts of 84mph in places .