As cooler temperatures descend on us, thunderstorms and heavy rain is set to hit the North East and North Yorkshire in the next 24 hours.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms for the entire region with large swathes of Northern England affected.

In place from midnight tonight until 11.59pm on Tuesday, forecasters have warned to expect a downpour and thunder over this period.

But when exactly is it set to hit?

Netweather claims thunderstorms could hit at anytime around 9am on Monday through to 10pm the next day with varying levels of risk.

But in County Durham, it is currently 6pm on Monday when forecasters believe the thunderstorm risk is at its highest (42 percent).

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Meanwhile, in Darlington it is around 5pm on Monday and again at 8pm when the thunderstorm risk is at its peak.

The following day shows a similar picture but storm risk levels throughout the day remain largely the same in both County Durham and Darlington.

There is, however, an exception as at 4pm the storm risk for Darlington appears raised at 42 percent.

What the Met Office has said

Addressing Monday's North East wide forecast, it said: "Cloudier and cooler than recent days, with areas of showers, occasionally heavy and thundery.

"These merging into persistent rain in places. Still some brighter spells possible however, and feeling humid. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

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Explaining the outlook for Tuesday and rest of the week, it said: "Rather cloudy and breezy Tuesday, with outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy thundery showers.

"Drier Wednesday and Thursday, with variable cloud, sunny spells and winds easing. Temperatures near normal."

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