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North East weather: Risk of thunderstorms as heavy rain falls overnight; There could be more thunderstorms on the way as heavy rain is predicted to fall throughout Friday night, putting an end to the warm, dry weather.

Byline: Kathryn Riddell

It may be warm and dry now but heavy rain is set to fall overnight and we could see more thunderstorms in the region.

Despite temperatures hitting a balmy 23C during Friday afternoon, a high amount of humidity remained in the air.

Now the Met Office has warned that thunderstorms could arrive with the heavy rain, expected from midnight and through the early hours of Saturday.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Rain will quickly spread east across all parts, turning heavy at times with a risk of thunder.

"Rain will ease through the early hours, with most places dry by dawn. The minimum temperature will be 12C."

Last week's thunderstorms caused chaos as lightning strikes hit three homes, as well as a Gateshead school.

A fire ripped through a home in Blakelaw and Whickham Front Primary School suffered electrical damage, after lightning bolts hit the buildings on Wednesday, July 1.

And on Saturday, a home in Darras Hall near Ponteland and a house in the Bearpark area of Durham were struck, sparking further fires.

It should be a fresher, cooler day on Saturday with temperatures staying in the high teens, although there may be more rain through the night into Sunday.

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2015
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