Will the bank holiday sunshine continue throughout this week?

They are the questions on everyone's lips as we contemplate a return to work after the long holiday weekend.

Monday, 7th May 2018, 6:12 pm
Updated Monday, 7th May 2018, 6:26 pm
Jacob Jarrett, aged three, from Kent, enjoys an ice cream during a visit to the North East over the weekend.

Will the surprisingly sunny weather continue while you are stuck in a stuffy office?

Or will the temperatures drop to their usual May average or even below?

Well, if forecasters at the Met Office are to be believed, the overall picture is a little bit of both.

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Tuesday is expected to herald more sunshine across the North East with temperatures reaching 22 degrees celsius.

From Wednesday onwards, however, the heat gradually disappears with temperatures dropping to 16 degrees celsius and to 13 degrees by the end of the week.

While the sunshine will also vanish, the cloudy conditions are at least expected to remain dry.

So with the early scorching summer predicted to swiftly end, why not click through to watch our gallery of bank holiday readers' pictures for Sunderland, South Shields and Hartlepool.