Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In What Ways Will Summer 2016 Burn Its Way into North East Memories? It's Not Been a Classic Summer for Sun Worshippers So Far - but at Least We've Avoided These Extreme Conditions

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In What Ways Will Summer 2016 Burn Its Way into North East Memories? It's Not Been a Classic Summer for Sun Worshippers So Far - but at Least We've Avoided These Extreme Conditions

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A COCKTAIL of hot and humid weather coupled with torrential rain and thunderstorms have left many in the North East wondering when the chance to soak up some serious sun will finally arrive.

Temperatures peaked at 20C over the weekend but sunny spells were soon replaced by squally, localised showers which brought flash flooding to some parts of the region.

Hailstones were dumped on Newcastle Racecourse over the Northumberland Plate Festival weekend as racegoers dodged the stormy downpours.

Tuesday marked 40 years since the hottest June day on record in the UK, when temperatures reached 35.6C in Southampton people made their way to the North East's beaches.

That summer also delivered a host of problems, however, with droughts, forest fires, hosepipe bans, and rising food and beer prices.

It is also four years since 'Thunder Thursday', when torrential rain and thunderstorms left the Central Motorway in Newcastle flooded and gridlocked.

Lightning struck the Tyne Bridge, flooding closed the Tyne Tunnel, power cuts left more than 23,000 homes without power and trains north of Newcastle were cancelled after a landslide on the East Coast Mainline.

So, with that said...

How hot should it be in June/July? Are we in for a scorcher of a summer? IN short, the next month doesn't look too promising.

According to AccuWeather.com, storms from the Atlantic will keep the summer warmth away as cool air from the north will be dragged down across the region, putting a dampener on any outdoor plans.

They say that while May and June featured several stretches of 'abnormal warmth', July is likely to have more days with below-normal high temperatures than days that bring heat.

On a brighter note, at least it's not as bad as this...

FOUR years ago, the Central Motorway looked more like the River Tyne than one of Newcastle's busiest roads - and the Quayside was badly affected too, as this picture shows.

Flash flooding caused PS8m of damage to the city's homes, roads and businesses.

The Tyne Bridge was hit by lightning as a month's worth of rain fell in a short period, leaving cars stranded, schools and roads flooded and 23,000 homes without power. …

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