When thunder is expected to hit the North East as Met Office warns of heavy showers and hail

Thundery rain is expected throughout most of next week across the North East
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The North East is set to be hit by a spell of thundery weather today, Sunday May 26, as the bank holiday weekend takes a turn following bright spells on Saturday.

According to the latest forecast from the Met Office, the region will see outbreaks of heavy rain arrive following a cloudy start to the day. By the afternoon, conditions will become more unsettled as the rain breaks up into sunny intervals alongside scattered heavy showers, with forecasters warning of thundery downpours and a risk of hail.

Despite the stormy weather, it will still feel "pleasantly warm" in any sunshine with light winds and highs of 16°C - just be sure to pack your waterproofs if you're heading out. Looking ahead to bank holiday Monday (May 27), the heavy and thundery showers are expected to persist throughout the morning and become "increasingly widespread" by midday.

By Monday afternoon, however, showers are forecast to become more isolated, making way for increasingly sunny conditions with highs of 17°C. There will plenty of time to get out and make the most of the extra day off too, with sunrise at 4:41am and sunset at 9:28pm.

The week ahead has a similarly mixed bag in store, with cloud and rain arriving on Tuesday following a fine start, before yet more heavy thunderstorms set in on Wednesday and Thursday. Here's the hour-by-hour forecast for Sunday and Monday in Newcastle to plan the rest of your bank holiday weekend.

Hour-by-hour forecast for Sunday, May 26 in Newcastle

  • 9am: 14°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 10am: 14°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 11am: 14°C / Heavy rain / 70% chance of precipitation

  • 12pm: 13°C / Heavy rain / 90% chance of precipitation

  • 1pm: 13°C / Heavy rain / 90% chance of precipitation

  • 2pm: 13°C / Drizzle / 40% chance of precipitation

  • 3pm: 14°C / Heavy shower / 60% chance of precipitation

  • 4pm: 14°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 5pm: 14°C / Thunder / 70% chance of precipitation

  • 6pm: 14°C / Thunder / 60% chance of precipitation

  • 7pm: 14°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 8pm: 14°C / Cloudy / 20% chance of precipitation

  • 9pm: 13°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 10pm: 13°C / Partly cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 11pm: 13°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

Hour-by-hour forecast for Monday, May 27 in Newcastle

  • 6am: 11°C / Sunny intervals / <5% chance of precipitation

  • 7am: 12°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 8am: 12°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 9am: 13°C / Overcast / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 10am: 14°C / Overcast / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 11am: 14°C / Cloudy / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 12pm: 14°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 1pm: 14°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 2pm: 15°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 3pm: 15°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 4pm: 15°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 5pm: 15°C / Light shower / 30% chance of precipitation

  • 6pm: 15°C / Sunny intervals / <5% chance of precipitation

  • 7pm: 15°C / Sunny intervals / 10% chance of precipitation

  • 8pm: 14°C / Sunny intervals / <5% chance of precipitation

  • 9pm: 13°C / Sunny / <5% chance of precipitation

  • 10pm: 12°C / Clear / <5% chance of precipitation

  • 11pm: 11°C / Clear / <5% chance of precipitation