Most of the rain should have cleared away by Monday morning. Just some drizzle over the Pennines and the Cheviots, murky over the tops
According to the Met Office, today is the last day of summer! Fine and bright today. Turning wet tonight
Dry and fine on Sunday, with good sunny spells rather than unbroken sunshine
Almost two million school children will receive a free hot school meal from today under a new £1bn government scheme.
The major new initiative, first announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last year, will see every five to seven-year-old at England's 16,500 primary schools eligible for free dinners.
Ministers have insisted that the move will save families up to £400 per year as well having health and education benefits for youngsters.
Nick Clegg referred to trialling of the scheme, which took place in Durham: "All the evidence, including the pilots in Durham and Newham, shows that free school meals will not only help ease the pressure on household budgets and encourage positive eating, but will also help improve concentration and raise educational performance so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life."
A new scheme to reduce the number of people being detained under the Mental Health Act is being launched by Northumbria Police and the NHS.
The introduction of the scheme follows a national study which showed that three quarters of people detained under the Act were not mentally ill. A team of police officers will now work with health professionals in Sunderland to improve assessment and diagnosis.
Northumbria Police and the NHS have introduced a Street Triage Team to deal with offenders who may have a mental health problem. Five police officers and four nurses will work together to ensure those who come into contact with the criminal justice system receive an enhanced service.
An exhibition conveying the story of one of the North East's most well known aristocratic families has been unveiled at the Northumberland estate they once called home.
The Spirit of Wallington features 50 different pieces of work, including textiles, which capture the lives of the last Trevelyans to live at the ancestral seat.
The pieces are the result of a year-long collaboration between the Twyne Textile Group and the National Trust, which owns Wallington.
13 textile artists have been involved in the project, drawing on a long tradition of fine needlework amongst the women of Wallington.
36 staff from Rowlands Accountants are covering the length and breadth of the North East region as they undertake a gruelling relay challenge across the weekend to raise money for three local charities.
The “Round Rowlands Run” will see a relay team, lead by John Grimshaw from Benton, Newcastle, tackle over 220 kilometres in the course of the three days during which they will run to the firm’s six North East offices.
The distance is equivalent to running six marathons.
The staff are raising money for three charities:
Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short upped the stakes in the North East rivalry by nominating three prominent personnel at Newcastle United to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Short posted a video of his own challenge on Sunderland's youtube channel as centre-back pairing West Brown and John O'Shea doused him in water beside the Stadium of Light pitch.
He nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.
And now, Alan Pardew and Jack Colback has stepped up to the challenge, posting their own video on Newcastle United's youtube channel (see below).
A group of travellers have set up camp on land outside Northumberland County Council's headquarters in Morpeth.
Staff at County Hall arrived at work on Thursday, 28th August to find three caravans parked metres from their offices.
The council said they are working with police to resolve the issue. The Gypsy Council, which represents travellers, say that local authorities do not do enough to provide sites for travellers.