Warmer weather to arrive in the North East this weekend - with temperatures set to hit 22C

People enjoying warmer weather at Tynemouth Longsands beach
People enjoying warmer weather at Tynemouth Longsands beach -Credit:Chronicle Live

People across the North East may need to get their sunglasses and sun cream out as warmer weather is on its way.

The region is set to bask in some sun this weekend, following the bank holiday washout. According to the Met Office, temperatures could rise as high as 22°C in some areas.

Forecasters are predicting a "good deal of fine and dry weather with variable cloud and sunny spells throughout". They are expecting it to be "warm".

They say temperatures will continue to build during the week, with any showers expected to be brief and isolated. Saturday is expected to be the warmest day of the weekend, although there could be a chance of some scattered showers.

Temperatures could hit 22°C in some western areas including Hexham and Prudhoe and 21°C in Durham and areas of County Durham. They could rise to 19°C in Newcastle and 20°C in Sunderland.

People have been urged to take care care amid rising UV levels across the UK this week, as well as an increasing pollen count.

Temperatures are expected to fall next week as the high pressure covering the country moves on and is replaced by low pressure. The Met Office's long-range forecast, indicates that conditions are expected to turn more changeable, with rainfall likely to be above average in most areas.