Met Office issues North East gale warning on first day of summer

The weather is expected to be windy today

The weather is expected to be windy today

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The North East is being warned to batten down the hatches tonight, as gales hit the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow gale warning, with unseasonably high winds expected nationwide overnight and well into Tuesday, as active frontal systems sweep across the country.

An initial swathe of southerly gales will move east across many parts of the UK later today, giving gusts to 50 mph widely.

Winds will become west or southwesterly on Tuesday, with further gales in places, before gradually easing later.

Heavy rain will accompany the strong winds at times.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to transport and outdoor activities. Damage to some trees seems likely, given that they are in full leaf.

Which areas will be worst hit is uncertain, but a powerful jet stream stretching across the Atlantic into the UK will steer a number of active weather systems across the country over the next two days.

One such system will sweep eastwards this evening, with the windy weather maintained well into Tuesday by a vigorous depression passing northern Scotland.