STRONG winds and a high tide led to huge waves to crash against Hartlepool’s coast as the summer-time conditions came to an abrupt end.
It’s time to get out the coats, gloves and wellies as autumn well and truly takes hold across the country after a mild start to the season.
Temperatures have been dropping into single figures and Hartlepool has been battered by heavy rain, strong winds and powerful waves.
Winds of up to 25mph have been hitting the coast, and the strong gusts will be with us until the end of the weekend.
More rain is also forecast over the next few days with the temperature staying at around 12C.
A Met Office spokesman said: “We have had some unseasonably warm weather and it’s going to be getting back to what it should be for this time of year with cooler temperatures, rain and wind.
“There’s going to be a big difference and people are going to feel it, but the weather is going to be more like it should be for this time of year.”
Temperatures are expected to pick up towards the end of next week to around 16C.
• Visit www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk to see a video by photographer Tom Collins of the Headland being battered by the bad weather.