A BARBECUE weekend is in store after forecasters predicted the sunny weather was here to stay.
The region has been drenched in sunshine for the past week and the warm conditions are due to last into Monday at least.
Families are expected to flock to the coast where sea breezes will provide some respite from temperatures of up to 22C.
The whole country looks set to enjoy the conditions with temperatures only slightly cooler on coastlines.
A spokeswoman for the MeteoGroup said: “Saturday is going to be another mainly warm and dry day with plenty of sunshine.
“It will be cooler across the east coast with the sea breeze.
“Temperatures will reach highs of 20 and 21C with lows of between 15-17C at the coast.
“Sunday will be similar but it could stretch to 22C.”
Beaches at Tynemouth and Cullercoats have been busy all week and those who have worked all week will be relieved they will now have the chance to relax in the sun.
Tourist attractions will be hoping the good weather continues into next week when the Jubilee bank holidays provide a welcome extended break for many families.
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far with Newcastle city centre bustling with workers enjoying the sun during their breaks.
MeteoGroup said Southampton had topped the temperature charts yesterday and that the unseasonably warm weather would continue for the majority of the country.
The hot weather in London caused a pane of glass at Portcullis House, the £235m office block used by hundreds of MPs, to shatter.
A Commons spokeswoman blamed heat exhaustion for thousands of tiny cracks in the 6ft x 3ft pane in the 11-year-old glass and steel building opposite the Palace of Westminster.
In its latest briefing on the drought, which is still affecting much of South East and Eastern England, the Environment Agency said that this week had been the driest since the end of March.
Just 9mm of rain was recorded in the North East.
National drought co-ordinator Polly Chancellor said: “The recent spell of wet weather restored many river and reservoir levels to normal, reducing pressure on the environment and public water supply.”