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Kent weather: Met Office warns thunderstorms will end Kent’s warm spell before second heatwave hits

Kent weather: Met Office warns thunderstorms will end Kent’s warm spell before second heatwave hits
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We’ve had a lovely few days of sun, and temperatures are set to peak today (May 20) with highs of 28C in some parts of the county.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “There will be a bit of a grey, misty start for some first thing but that will quickly burn away.

“The vast majority of the UK will have a dry day with sunny spells, if not blue skies all day for some.”

After that things are going to get a little cloudy, and there’s even likely to be a thunderstorm.



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There is a risk of storms on Thursday (May 21) in east and south-east England as a band of rain pushes eastwards.

Temperatures are predicted to cool from 24C or 25C before the rain to a fresher 17C to 21C on Friday (May 22).

But don’t fret, it’s not time to put the barbecue and Pimms away just yet.

It looks like we’re all in for a treat with another heatwave to complete the month, including over the Bank Holiday.

Mr Dewhurst predicted a windy start to the weekend with sunshine and showers for many with the weather gradually turning drier from the south on Sunday and into bank holiday Monday.

On Monday (May 25) the sun will come out again and temperatures will begin to climb.

The BBC forecasts highs of 25C on Monday, rising to 26C on Tuesday and then 25C again on Wednesday. Each day it’s set to be ‘sunny with a gentle breeze’.

It’s forecast to gradually get cooler towards the end of the month, with highs of 21C and 22C – temperatures not to be sniffed at, of course.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen, said: “High pressure and southerly winds will bring warm weather for everyone over the next few days, with temperatures today fairly widely reaching 20 to 22C and up to 26C in southeast England.

“Today will be a touch warmer, with temperatures likely peaking at around 28-29°C in the southeast.”

Commenting on the risk of thunderstorms on Thursday, Paul continued: “Thursday will be another warm day with hazy sunshine although there is the potential for thunderstorms to develop across England, Wales and southeast Scotland.

“It is across east and southeast England where these are most likely, with frequent lightning, hail and torrential downpours of up to 40mm in a few hours all possible.”

Following Thursday’s thunderstorms it’ll turn cooler and more unsettled for everyone, as an Atlantic low pressure moves close to the UK.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert, said: “On Friday, a deep area of low pressure will track to the northwest of the UK. It will bring a spell of strong winds and a risk of gales to parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and much of Scotland.

“Along with strong winds, it’ll turn showery over the weekend and temperatures much cooler than earlier in the week, returning to around average for this time of year.”

As the area of low pressure moves away to the north, there are signs that more settled conditions will develop across the south through the latter half of the weekend and perhaps extend to other areas through next week.



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Met Office 5 day forecast for Kent

Today:

Any mist or fog patches will quickly clear, giving way to a fine and dry day with light winds and plenty of sunshine. Becoming very warm or locally hot inland, though cooler along the coast. Maximum temperature 28C.

Tonight:

A fine and dry though warm evening followed by a largely clear night with light winds. Some elevated cloud may appear in western parts during the early hours. Minimum temperature 9C.

Thursday:

Another very warm day with light winds and plenty of hazy sunshine. Some isolated thundery showers may develop in western parts during the morning, locally heavy, before migrating eastwards later. Maximum temperature 27C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Patchy rain clearing east on Friday, then dry, largely sunny but breezy. Sunny with scattered showers on Saturday. Dry with light winds and hazy sunshine on Sunday, feeling warm.

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