More rain is set to hit County Durham and the wider North East on Wednesday (July 10) after 20mm of rain hit the region overnight. 

The Met Office has forecast heavy showers and thundery conditions on Wednesday for many parts of County Durham, while people are warned to watch out for standing water in low-lying areas. 

Overnight, a thunderstorm warning was put in place, as lightning accompanied downpours into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Despite the weather warning no longer being in place, the Met Office has said that caution still needs to be taken for anyone going out in the weather today.

Rainfall of 10-20mm is possible in an hour or so, with some places potentially seeing 30mm in a few hours, the forecaster added.

Motorists are likely to experience delays to their journeys because of flooded roads and spray, the forecaster warned.

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Some homes and businesses may also be at risk of flooding alongside a small chance of damage from lightning strikes.

In its forecast for Wednesday, the Met Office said: "A murky start for many, with showery outbreaks continuing through the day, these becoming heavy and thundery at times. Perhaps brightening up a little as the day goes on, but remaining mostly cloudy. Feeling humid. Maximum temperature 18 °C."

A look at the rest of the week:

Tonight: Remaining cloudy overnight, with heavy showers easing, but spells of mostly light rain developing. Perhaps breezy on northern coasts by dawn. Minimum temperature 10 °C.

Thursday: Outbreaks of mostly light rain gradually easing for most, although potentially lingering near coasts, where it will be breezy. Brighter spells likely developing later, especially in the west. Maximum temperature 17 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Sunny spells and scattered showers on Friday and Sunday, but likely cloudier with rain on Saturday. Feeling cool.