Cold spell set to last

The Heugh breakwater takes a battering as easterly waves break over it.

The Heugh breakwater takes a battering as easterly waves break over it.

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HARTLEPOOL and east Durham can expect freezing overnight temperatures until next week as wintry winds from Eastern Europe are causing a cold snap.

Sub-zero temperatures are hitting Hartlepool and east Durham, with the possibility of wintry showers at the weekend.

Overnight temperatures will fall as low as -3C and will struggle to get above freezing until next week.

Meteorologists say the frosty blast is being caused by an area of high pressure forcing in icy air from Eastern Europe.

The weekend will then see much milder air making its way in from the west, causing a period of unsettled weather on Saturday and Sunday.

Met Office spokeswoman said: “It’s difficult to predict what will happen when the two systems collide. It’s currently hard to predict which will prevail.

“What it will cause is wintry showers in Hartlepool of snow or sleet and frosty conditions.”

Dry conditions are expected until Saturday with temperatures creeping down to zero tonight and staying around there until the weekend.

The Met Office have released a Level 3 warning, saying the cold snap could increase the health risks to vulnerable people such as the elderly or disabled.