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Thunder and lightning in skies above Sunderland

The hot weather has come to a sudden halt as thunder, lightning and showers arrived on Wearside.

There has been heavy rainfall over the past few hours across Sunderland, some of which has affected the programme at this year's Airshow.

Lightning in the Marley Pots area of Sunderland. Picture by Charlotte Carlisle.

Lightning in the Marley Pots area of Sunderland. Picture by Charlotte Carlisle.

Readers have been sending in their pictures and videos of the dark skies lit up with forks of lightning.

Lightning in the Seaham area. Picture by Laura Hedley.

Lightning in the Seaham area. Picture by Laura Hedley.