Temperatures in the North East are set to plunge to below freezing over the coming days, creating the potential for frost and fog in the region.

The Met Office has forecast that the temperature could get to as low as -5 degrees during the next three days.

A few of the showers that have plagued the North East for much of the week will continue into Friday in coastal parts, but the air will be clearer elsewhere with a maximum temperature of five degrees, dropping down to lows of between two and three overnight.

On Saturday, temperatures will be between three and five degrees before falling to well below freezing during the night, potentially to as low as -3 or -5 degrees before warming up again on Sunday.

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Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: "It's turning much colder in Scotland and the North East due to the cold air from Scandinavia.

"So the sky will begin to clear, heralding that air from further north that will chill conditions considerably.

"Saturday we will be looking at temperatures at between three and five degrees but overnight you are looking to go well down below freezing.

"So probably we will get down to freezing and to -3 to -5 with the potential for frost. Sunday will probably be a bit warmer.

"There might be the odd shower but I don't think we are expecting anything in particular. The main feature is when you get colder weather and clearer skies you get the potential for frost and fog.

"The fog possibly won't be too bad for the North East. Maybe in Tyne & Wear visibility might be affected by the fog but it looks to mostly be pretty clear."