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Weather: Tuesday

Credit: Carl Moffat

A cooler start than of late, but early cloud will clear to leave plenty of warm sunny spells.

These sunny spells may help spark off scattered showers as the day progresses, potentially becoming heavy and thundery in places later.

Maximum temperature 21 °C.

Weather: Finally the North East sees some RAIN

It has been a long, hot and dry summer.

While temperatures have got us out and about - the dry weather has caused problems for gardeners and farmers.

Today we finally saw some rain:

Although it is welcomed by many, it's not going to last.

Most of us will be back to dry and warm weather by the middle of the week.

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Tall Ships fleet leaves Sunderland

Danish barque, Loa, heads out from Sunderland to start the Tall Ships Races 2018
Crowds farewell the Tall Ships fleet. Credit: North News
Crowds line the sea front as the tall ships depart. Credit: North News

More than fifty vessels have left Sunderland to begin the Tall Ships Races 2018.

Russian Class A vessel Mir, led the fleet out of the River Wear.

Between 5.30 and 7pm, the fleet will form a parade of sail as all ships travel up the coast to Souter Point before turning round and heading out to the North Sea.

The best viewing points are at Seaburn and Roker.

Tall Ships prepare to leave Sunderland

The Tall Ships are preparing to depart. Credit: Liam McCormick Photography
The fleet is preparing to leave. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

More than fifty ships are preparing to leave Sunderland this afternoon for the start of the Tall Ships Races 2018.

The vessels will start leaving their berths from 1.30pm to head out of the River Wear. Russian Class A ship, Mir, will head the fleet.

Between 5.30 and 7pm, the fleet will form a parade of sail as all ships travel up the coast to Souter Point before turning round and heading out to the North Sea.

The best viewing points will be at Seaburn and Roker.

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Weather: Seals and dolphins off the east coast

After the high emotions of England's World Cup exit, a little reminder of the joy and beauty in our part of the world.

Thanks to Curtis Padley for emailing the Filey seal pictures to weatherpics@itv.com

And a big thanks also for @thefarnes for tweeting the dolphin video to @Ross_Hutchinson

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