Sunderland’s weather is turning a bit nippy...

Joseph Hutchinson, aged 12, from Fulwell, with one of the crabs he caught
Joseph Hutchinson, aged 12, from Fulwell, with one of the crabs he caught
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SUMMER holiday fun got off to a great start as children hooked top prizes – but a dramatic change in the weather is forecast today.

About 30 youngsters enjoyed the crab-catching contest, casting their nets into the water on the banks of the Wear at St Peter’s.

And they all went home with a host of prizes such as rods, reels and tackle boxes.

Organiser and fishing writer Sam Harris said: “The weather has been more comfortable and there was a little bit of a chill coming off the river.”

And the summer heatwave was due to come to a complete halt today, with thunderstorms expected to hit the city.

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain has been issued.

The Met Office has warned that the city is “under a much increased risk” of thunder and rain, and even torrential downpours.

Residents and motorists are advised to take extra care today and tomorrow as up to 50mm of rain could fall in three hours.

Forecasters said travel could be disrupted due to surface water flooding, as well as hail and gusty winds.

Northumbria Police issued safety advice ahead of the expected deluge.

A spokesman for said: “We would advise motorists to drive according to the weather conditions.

“If there are large amounts of rain, motorists should take their time, avoid braking sharply as roads can be slippery when wet, and to ensure there is sufficient gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.

“We’d advise drivers to use lights in dull and rainy conditions and leave plenty of time for journeys.”