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Kent set to bask in 20C heatwave in run up to Easter weekend

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Original article from Kent Live

There is good news for those who enjoy the warm weather with the first heatwave of summer set to hit Kent in the coming days.

The latest weather forecasts show that Kent could see temperatures into the 20s in the lead up to the Easter break.

After a cold and wet winter which brought with it some significant snowfall the warm weather will be welcomed by many in Kent as we continue to spend a lot of time in our gardens.

Forecasters WX Charts predict that temperatures could reach 20 degrees in Kent at the end of March and beginning of April.

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By April 2, temperatures will peak at 21 degrees as the entire country turns yellow in the long-range forecast, The Express reports.

Across Europe, temperatures will soar to 37 degrees by the end of the month.

While temperatures will peak, the Met Office has predicted there will be bands of rain likely to move in from the northwest.

The heaviest rainfall will hit the northern and western parts of the country and there will be "unsettled conditions" for southeastern areas.

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They said: "The strongest winds are likely to be across far northern and northwestern areas, with winds possibly being from fresh to strong across other parts too.

"Unsettled conditions may continue in the northwest through to the end of March.

"Temperatures are expected to be near to or a little above average, although short-lived cooler interludes could occur in the showery conditions following any weather fronts."

The Met Office added temperatures will be "around average or above" for the first week of April.

WX Charts have forecast high temperatures for the end of the month

However, the hot weather will come after temperatures have fallen dramatically.

The Met Office predicted some temperatures will plummet below freezing point as parts of East Sussex woke up to -2C this morning.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Going into April, settled conditions are likely to continue in southern and eastern areas, where a good deal of dry and bright weather will occur.

BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor predicted temperatures are set to increase over the weekend despite cold air from Scandinavia.

The end of March will be very warm

He said yesterday: "On Friday there will be some sunshine in the south east corner of the UK but a lot of clouds elsewhere.

"This afternoon even though we have got the sunshine across East Anglia and the south-east it will still be a chilly day.

"But yesterday it was 19 degrees in Edinburgh and today the warmest of the air today probably to the western side of the central belt.

"It will be about 16 or 17 degrees in the Glasgow area and temperatures elsewhere around where it should be for the time of year."

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