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North East Sun Seekers Flock to The Great outdoors

SUNSEEKERS made the most of soaring temperatures by packing parks and beaches this weekend.

Temperatures in some parts of the North East reached 21 degrees, believed to make it the hottest day of the year so far. Families keen to get outdoors made the most of Durham’s Botanical Gardens.

While in North Tyneside, armed with buckets and spades, youngsters got to work on Tynemouth beach, making sandcastles.

Places including The Alnwick Garden were anticipating queues for tickets.

Wanting somewhere to soak up the sun, hundreds packed into Saltwell Park in Gateshead with queues for ice creams snaking across the grass. But weather experts say anyone expecting a prolonged period of sunshine will be disappointed.

According to the Met Office, temperatures for the region will begin to fall back to around 11 degrees later this week.

The sunshine is predicted to disappear by Thursday and Friday when conditions are expected to become cloudy with the possibility of rain.

Long-range forecasters have given a gloomy outlook for the summer months ahead. Expert James Madden said judging by solar activity, and the current ocean atmosphere across the globe, the UK could see more rain and a dip in temperatures in the months of June, July and August.

He added: “Based on the factors covered, the summer as a whole could unfortunately be colder than average with above average rainfall.

“The rainfall amount and the severity is dependant upon the climate pattern over the coming months, although it would be impossible to rule out any warm spells at all.

“In my own personal opinion, the odds of a barbecue summer for this year are somewhat slim.”

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