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Heatwave comes to an end amid thunder and lightning storms

Readers were out and about snapping the thunder and lightning which dominated the sky for much of yesterday evening.

We have been deluged with pictures and video of the stormy weather which affected much of the North East.

Lightning over the Tunstall and Ashbrooke areas of Sunderland. Picture by Andrea Errington.

Lightning over the Tunstall and Ashbrooke areas of Sunderland. Picture by Andrea Errington.

29 amazing pictures of our biggest lightning storm in years

The Met Office is predicting more showers during Saturday until late evening, with heavy rainfall expected tomorrow.

Forecasters say there will be highs of 19oC today and lows of 11oC.

Heavy rain is expected from 9am onwards on Sunday, with the rain predicted to ease off by late afternoon.

Lightning over the Washington area last night. Picture by Scott Almond.

Lightning over the Washington area last night. Picture by Scott Almond.

Forecasters predict highs of 21oC and lows of 13oC.

The dramatic change in weather has affected most of the country.

On UK trains, passengers were urged to avoid travelling on London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on Friday after lightning damaged the signalling system.

Train firm Northern advised passengers not to travel in the Yorkshire area due to the same issue.

Lightning in the Hylton Castle area last night. Picture by Allison Carr.

Lightning in the Hylton Castle area last night. Picture by Allison Carr.