THE North-East may have been blessed with some fine summer weather over the last couple of days, but the outlook looks set to change – according to forecasters.

The Met Office yesterday upgraded its rain warnings for the South-East of the country – meaning the weather could have a severe impact on travel and other daily routines.

Weather warnings are in place for the whole of Tuesday and up until midday on both Wednesday and Thursday for the North-East down to the Wash and as far west as the West Midlands.

However, officials said these assessments could change.

Steve Ramsdale, duty chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “The development of weather conditions leading to thunderstorms and intense rainfall can happen extremely quickly, creating a challenge for forecasters.

“We have been able to indicate the likelihood of further spells of heavy rainfall for the rest of the week, but the exact details will remain uncertain until nearer the events.

“We will update warnings accordingly, but we urge people to continue to check the forecast and the app for updates during this period.”