Flooding, hail and lightning warnings as North East set to be hit by second wave of storms

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The North East is bracing itself for another round of storms.

The hottest July day on record ended with lightning strikes, hailstones and heavy rain.

Temperatures are still high with the mercury expected to creep towards 25C today and tomorrow – but there will be a risk of fast-moving storms.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for severe weather that is valid from 7pm on Friday until noon on Saturday.

The warning states: “Isolated, heavy, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to develop on Friday evening.

“Some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding, with large hail and frequent lightning also possible hazards.”

Lightning seen over Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

Lightning seen over Alnwick. Picture by Jane Coltman

The weekend will see warm conditions with the risk of isolated thunderstorms.

A Met Office forecaster said: “Another hot and increasingly humid airmass is expected to spread from the Continent.

“This airmass looks conducive to the development of isolated thunderstorms.

“With large amounts of energy again available in this atmosphere storms could be severe, with torrential downpours and large hail. 30mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, with as much as 50mm possible in three hours very locally.”

Check the latest local forecast at the Met Office website.