North East weather: Things to turn stormy from Monday

Lonely dog walker on the beach in the rain at Hartlepool. Things are set to get stormy over the coming days.

Lonely dog walker on the beach in the rain at Hartlepool. Things are set to get stormy over the coming days.

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Things are set to turn stormy after a bright start to October.

Forecasters warn that the start of next week will see things stirred up as gales, heavy downpours and thunderstorms head across the UK.

There is even talk that Britain could be sideswiped by the tail end of Hurricane Joaquin, which us currently heading across the Atlantic.

Exacta Weather forecaster James Madden warned Britain faces thunder and hail storms through next week.

He said: “Unfortunately next week will begin to see some sort of gradual breakdown to more unsettled conditions and a return to showers or longer periods of rain can be expected for many.

“There is also likely to be a number of thunderstorms with the risk of some quite large hailstones during the transition from settled to more changeable conditions.”

Met Office figures show last month turned out to be sunny but cool overall.

September was drier than average for much of the UK with figures up to the September 28 showing there was 53.3mm of rain - 55 per cent of the 96.4mm average.

Many places enjoyed a bright month with 137 hours of sunshine recorded across the UK - 10 per cent above the average for September.

The Met Office predicts daytime temperatures to be around 14C next week with Tuesday the wettest day of the week.

Here’s the Met Office forecast for the coming days:

Today:

Any morning fog clearing once again to a fine and dry day with sunny spells and light winds. Maximum Temperature 17°C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Becoming unsettled and breezier with bands of rain and showers moving up from the south, some heavy with a risk of thunder. Drier spells in between. Perhaps mostly dry Wednesday.