Weather warning announced for Sunderland and the North East

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms from 11:00 today to 22:00 today for the following areas:

Darlington Durham Gateshead Hartlepool Middlesbrough Newcastle upon Tyne North Tyneside Northumberland Redcar and Cleveland South Tyneside Stockton-on-Tees Sunderland

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to become more widespread this afternoon and last into the evening.

Although not everywhere will see a thunderstorm, where they do occur, they will tend to be slow moving, with lightning, hail and heavy rain.

The heaviest showers and thunderstorms could produce as much as 20 mm of rain in less than an hour with one or two places seeing 30-40 mm in 2-3 hours.