Weather forecasters are warning people in the North East to expect thunderstorms from Wednesday evening.

A yellow warning has been issued by the Met Office for the County Durham area, including Durham, Darlington and Hartlepool.

The alert runs between 6pm on Wednesday and Friday morning.

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A Met Office spokesperson said: "Some places are likely to see thunderstorms later Wednesday through to Friday with the potential for travel disruption and flooding.

"Although there remains significant uncertainty in location and timing, areas of thunderstorms are expected to move north east across parts of England and Wales from late Wednesday through to Friday morning.

"Whilst not all locations will be affected, some intense thunderstorms may occur during this period with torrential rain, hail, frequent lightning and strong gusty winds possible."

Here is an hour-by-hour weather forecast for Wednesday.

8am : 16C/ feels like 14°/ wind gust 20mph

9am : 17C/ feels like 15C/ wind gust 19mph

10am : 18C/ feels like 16C/ wind gust 18mph

11am : 19C/ feels like 17C/ wind gust 17mph

12pm : 19C/ feels like 17C/ wind gust 19mph

1pm : 20C/ feels like 18C/ wind gust 19mph

2pm : 20C/ feels like 18C/ wind gust 19mph

3pm : 21C/ feels like 19C/ wind gust 19mph

4pm : 20C/ feels like 18C/ wind gust 20mph

5pm : 19C/ feels like 18C/ wind gust 18mph

6pm : 19C/ feels like 17C/ wind gust 18mph

7pm : 18C/ feels like 17C/ wind gust 15mph

8pm : 16C/ feels like 15C/ wind gust 14mph

9pm : 15C/ feels like 14C/ wind gust 12mph

10pm : 14C/ feels like 14C/ wind gust 11mph

11pm : 14C/ feels like 13C/ wind gust 9mph