THUNDER and lightning is on its way to Hartlepool and East Durham, according to the Met Office.
A yellow warning has been issued by the service for Saturday in our region for heavy rain, possible flooding and thunderstorms.
A spokesman said: “Areas of heavy, thundery showers may develop over England and Wales from early on Saturday before moving northwards during the day.
“The development of these is uncertain but where they do form some torrential downpours are possible with frequent lightning, hail and locally strong gusts.
“Significant flooding is possible where these do occur from surface water as well as small, fast responding watercourses. The frequent lightning, hail and strong gusts could also be an additional hazard.
“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption from any of these elements.”