SUNSEEKERS are being advised to make the most of the nice weather this weekend - with the experts predicting a cooler week in the build-up to Easter.
Temperatures across Hartlepool and east Durham have been touching the 70 degree mark over the last few days, and children across town broke up for their half-term break yesterday afternoon greeted by bright sunshine as they streamed out of the school gates.
Parks across town have been busy with families, while the beaches at Seaton Carew and the Headland have also been popular as residents ditched the winter wardrobes and searched for their shorts.
But while the experts predict more of the same over the next couple of days, they claim the thermometer will struggle to hit double figures by the middle of next week.
And to make matters worse, Met Office forecasters expect heavy rain along the North-East coastline.
A Met Office spokesman said: “The area of high pressure responsible for the settled stretch is moving away, and the winds will bring cloudier skies, some drizzle and a noticeable drop in temperature.”
In northern parts of Scotland, some forecasters are expecting snow, though parts of Yorkshire will welcome the rainfall after being declared drought-stricken earier this month
In early March, seven water companies said hosepipe bans would start ahead of Easter to help ease water supplies after two unusually dry winters, with people asked to limit showers to four minutes.