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Around 40,000 homes across the region suffered power cuts during the dramatic storms that hit the region.
Northern Powergrid engineers worked late into the night to restore power, as the bad weather continued in some areas.
There were a number of fires caused by lightning strikes. The roof of a house in Ferryhill was completely destroyed. Durham Fire and Rescue say there was no-one in the property at the time.
The HOT weather has set in with temperatures climbing to the highest level for a long time.
Durham and York have seen the mercury climb over 30C!
But that is still 4.5C off the UK's top temperature so far today - recorded at Heathrow in London.
Isolated heavy, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon across parts of Northern England and Southern Scotland.
Some torrential downpours are possible leading to localised surface water flooding, with hail and frequent lightning also possible hazards.
Visit the Met Office Warning page here
A dry morning with periods of strong sunshine helping temperatures to rise quickly.
Becoming hot through the afternoon, and this could trigger some thunderstorms.
Breezy, especially along the coast. Maximum Temperature 29°C.
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As forecast the mercury has been climbing today.
Temperatures rose to above 30C in London with many parts of our region not too far off.
There is more hot weather on the way tomorrow BUT it could spark some thundery downpours later in the day.
A warning has been issued for the north - details here: