Snow, sleet, hail and thunder set to hit the North East as temperatures plummet

Temperatures have plummeted in the North East, with snow, sleet and hail set to hit over the next few days, alongside some thundery showers.

By Helen Johnson
Wednesday, 03 April, 2019, 11:23

Today (3 April) is set to be cool, with some areas only seeing a peak temperature of 4C.

The Met Office said that today will be “Cloudy and cold, with a period of sleet to low levels and some significant snow possible over higher ground during the morning.

“Eventually becoming brighter, but with sharp wintry showers during the afternoon. Breezy to start and end the day.”

Tonight is set to see further showers, accompanied by an easterly wind. This will then give way to a more prolonged spell of rain, sleet and some hill snow later in the night. Minimum temperature of -1C.

Thursday (4 April) is forecast to see some early rain and hill snow, but this will then clear to leave a cold but drier and brighter day, with fewer, lighter showers. There will also be more in the way of sunshine. Maximum temperature 10C.

Friday is set to be cold, but drier and brighter, with a developing north-easterly breeze. This is likely to bring in increasingly cloudy and damp conditions over the weekend, but frosts will become less prevalent.

Long-term forecast

Looking further ahead, the Met Office UK outlook for Sunday 7 April to Tuesday 16 April said: “A dry end to the weekend for many places, although still the chance of some showers across southwestern and northeastern parts, otherwise bright with spells of sunshine.

“As we head towards mid month it will gradually become more settled with the driest weather towards the west and northwest. Temperatures will be colder at times on the east coast with an easterly wind.

“As it turns more settled temperatures may become warmer in places, but with the possibility of overnight frost.”