What the weather will be like for the Sunderland Christmas lights switch-on

Last year's Christmas switch-on in Sunderland's Keel Square
Last year's Christmas switch-on in Sunderland's Keel Square
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Sunderland is about to take on a festive glow - but you might want to wrap up warm and don some waterproofs for the big switch-on this week.

The city has been pounded by heavy rain for the past few days and sadly the weather isn't going to be much for the Sunderland Christmas lights switch-on which takes place on Thursday night.

More heavy rain is forecast for this morning, though it is expected to ease off later - and the revised Met Office forecast is now predicting a 60% chance of light rain during the switch-on events, which take place from 5.30pm to 7pm in Keel Square.

What you need to know about the Sunderland Christmas lights switch-on 2018

The Met Office forecast predicts temperatures around 7C - but said the "feel like" temperature will be more like 5C on Thursday night due to the rain and wind.

The Met Office outlook for Friday to Sunday is for a cloudy few days with showers moving in from the North Sea at times. Temperature will recover "to near normal" for November, with overnight frost generally limited to higher ground.