The weather is set to be mild today with rain and clouds expected across the region - though it will turn dark and stormy later in the day.
After an autumnal sunny spell will be broken today, with a yellow weather warning in place for wind ahead of Storm Agnes. Darlington and Durham residents can expect more of the same on Thursday (September 28) according to the Met Office.
The forecaster said clouds will thicken and lower through the morning as bands of rain arrive following "a deep band of low pressure".
This rain and wind will slowly push across the region and may turn heavy - with people warned that there may be disruption due to the incoming storm.
Rain is expected to spread erratically north and east through the afternoon to most parts, locally heavy, and bringing gales for many by the evening.
Gales and frequent rain will continue into the first half of the night but become drier and clearer into the early hours with winds easing somewhat by dawn.
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Adding to this, the Met Office also said residents can expect a maximum temperature of 16 °C today, as well as a low of 12 °C tonight.
Here’s your hour-by-hour forecast for Wednesday, September 27, ahead of Storm Agnes:
9.00: 12C with <5% chance of rain.
10.00: 13C with <5% chance of rain.
11.00: 14C with <5% chance of rain.
12.00: 15C with 10% chance of rain.
13.00: 15C with 10% chance of rain.
14.00: 15C with 90% chance of rain.
15.00: 15C with 90% chance of rain.
16.00: 15C with 90% chance of rain.
17.00: 15C with >95% chance of rain.
18.00: 16C with 50% chance of rain.
19.00: 16C with 50% chance of rain.
20.00: 16C with 70% chance of rain.
21.00: 15C with 80% chance of rain.
22.00: 15C with 40% chance of rain.
23.00: 14C with 40% chance of rain.