North East escapes worst of Storm Barney but temperatures set to plummet

Storm Barney brrought strong winds and disruption to much of the region.
Storm Barney brrought strong winds and disruption to much of the region.

A first taste of  winter weather is predicted to hit the North East this weekend.

Weathermen are predicting sleet for the area on Saturday, with temperatures falling significantly on recent weeks.

Forecasts show temperatures will plummet from eight degrees now to minus three by Saturday.

By day, sleet showers are likely on Saturday before the weather turns back to more rainy conditions by the night-time.

After next weekend, the first part of next week looks set to have milder conditions with spells of rain and strong winds.

But by the end of next week, a more unsettled outlook is being predicted for the northern part of Britain.

Rain and showers look likely and frost could well arrive on the night-time.

All this is likely after the country came through Storm Barney, which brought torrential rain and winds of up to 75mph.

There is due to be a change in the weather at the end of the week with colder air spreading from the north. It means wintry showers, but the worst of them is being predicted over the hills.

Despite the threat of more bad weather, the Environment Agency said the flood risk across northern England was receding – although river levels will remain high in the week ahead.

Craig Woolhouse, director of incident management at the Environment Agency, said: “The flood risk will recede across northern England over the coming days, although river levels will remain high. The public should remain alert to the risk of flooding and stay away from raging rivers.”