HARTLEPOOL and East Durham was set to bask in bright sunshine today and the rest of the week.
People in Hartlepool and surrounding areas enjoyed blue skies and warm temperatures yesterday and forecasters say there is more on the horizon.
And despite many town youngsters returning to school this week, lots of children and their parents got out and about in the town and enjoyed the sun, and the Mail photographers were there to capture their fun.
Met Office experts forecast that thermometers would peak at 20C by this afternoon after initial morning cloud was burned off.
The weather prediction say the town will feel slightly cooler tomorrow, despite sunshine, clear skies and temperatures reaching 15C.
But by midday a layering of cloud was expected to form, bringing with it an extra few degrees of warmth up to 17C, and winds peaking at just 11mph all day.
Thursday will see a mainly cloudy day, but with the sunshine breaking through around 4pm when they clouds should clear.
Temperatures will rise from just 10C to 14C throughout the day, but reach 17C as the cloud disappears.
There will be a gusty breeze though, reaching 15mph to make it feel ever so slightly more chilly than previous days.
And Friday is expected to be another warm day, reaching 20C by 1pm, but the sunshine will be hampered by the clouds.
The warm spell this week is a stark contrast to one of the wettest summers on record, although a Met Office spokeswoman said this week’s sun is not unusual for this time of year.
“It will be warmer in more southern parts of the country where temperatures are expected to hit the mid-20s, but we’ll still see settled warmer conditions in Hartlepool for the next few days.”