Hartlepool enjoys hottest days of the year – but torrential rain is forecast

Cooling off on the hottest day of the year so far at Seaton Carew were Linda Parkinson and granddaughter Charlie (2) of Billingham

Cooling off on the hottest day of the year so far at Seaton Carew were Linda Parkinson and granddaughter Charlie (2) of Billingham

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People in Hartlepool were left sweltering as temperatures soared to 25C in Hartlepool making it the hottest day of the year.

Crowds flocked to the seafront at Seaton Carew to try and escape the sun’s scorching rays.

Enjoying the summer sunshine on Monday at Seaton Carew were Jen Rutter and grand daughter Lily and family friend Thomas Rutter

Enjoying the summer sunshine on Monday at Seaton Carew were Jen Rutter and grand daughter Lily and family friend Thomas Rutter

Abby Richardson, David Clark and Nadene Sorby, all from Hartlepool, decided to go for a splash in the North Sea.

While Linda Parkinson and two–year–old granddaughter Charlie, from Billingham, went for a paddle.

Jen Rutter, granddaughter Lily, and family friend Thomas Rutter, stayed dry by relaxing on the green as they basked in sun.

However, the dry spell will be short lived as The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain and thunderstorms today.

Cooling off paddling at Seaton Carew on Tuesday afternoon were Abby Richardson (left),  David Clark and Nadene Sorby all of Hartlepool.

Cooling off paddling at Seaton Carew on Tuesday afternoon were Abby Richardson (left), David Clark and Nadene Sorby all of Hartlepool.

Experts are predicting that the town has a chance of being hit by heavy rain between 4pm to 11.50pm, which may cause flooding in some areas.

A Met Office spokesman said: “By Wednesday, a hot and increasingly humid air mass is expected to be in situ across much of the UK.

“This air mass looks conducive to isolated thunderstorm development during the afternoon and into the evening. With large amounts of energy available in the atmosphere, storms could be severe, with torrential downpours and hail of up to 1cm in size, 20 to 30mm of rain is possible in less than an hour, with as much as 60 mm possible in three hours very locally.”