Sunderland basks in summer sun – but what’s next?

Summer finally arrives on Wearside - Natasha Kerr and daughter Alanna, making sandcastle's on Seaburn Beach

Summer finally arrives on Wearside - Natasha Kerr and daughter Alanna, making sandcastle's on Seaburn Beach

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There was fun to be had in Sun-derland as Wearside enjoyed one of its warmest days of the year – and Friday is set to be even hotter.

Whether it was a stroll along Seaburn or Roker beach, an ice cream in Mowbray Park or just a spot of sunbathing in the back garden, Wearsiders took advantage of blue skies and high temperatures.

Summer finally arrives on Wearside - Seaburn Beach RNLI lifeguard Michael Goodfellow

Summer finally arrives on Wearside - Seaburn Beach RNLI lifeguard Michael Goodfellow

But experts have warned us to make the best of any spells of good weather - because it may be shortlived.

Met Office experts are predicting a chance of thunderstorms and heavy showers in some parts.

Forecaster Daniel Panton-King said once the showers clear there will be “plenty of sunshine”.

The majority of England and Wales will have a “nice, fine day” on Saturday but northern England and up into Scotland will see some wind and “blustery showers”.

Summer finally arrives on Wearside -

Summer finally arrives on Wearside -

The forecaster said the weekend will see a “north-south split” as the weather will be similar on Sunday.

Summer finally arrives on Wearside - playing cricket on Roker Beach

Summer finally arrives on Wearside - playing cricket on Roker Beach