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New maps show 21C ‘sub-tropical’ heatwave on the way to Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

New weather maps show a sub-tropical front that looks set to hit our county in early May.

Experts have predicted temperatures could reach highs of 21C from May 5.

Accuweather is showing they are not likely to drop below highs of 19C for a whole week in our county town of Maidstone from May 9.

The BBC also pointed to the "sub tropical air" that can be spotted on maps, leaving them with "reasonable confidence that May should start out largely dry and settled".

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Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, predicted temperatures to potentially reach sweltering highs 21C (69F) by the end of the month after a cool spell this week.

He told the Express: "There is likely to be some rain around, but most computer models are suggesting that high pressure will bring a lot of dry weather during the rest of the month.

"The best chance of some proper spring warmth is likely to be during the last week of April, with computer models suggesting about a 30 percent chance of temperatures reaching 21C."

The BBC's long-range forecast between Monday, April 26 and Sunday, May 2, added sub-tropical air from the Atlantic could blast a warm front into the UK by the beginning of May.

The weather maps are showing up scorching red on May 5

The forecast said: "The first half of May should bring further high pressure for a time, leading to some drier weather with changeable temperatures as the high centre shifts about.

"This is again supported by some of the computer model outlook and many of our historical analogues.

"Similar to the previous weeks though, we can't pin down where exactly the high centre will be.

"What we can tell you with some reasonable confidence is that May should start out largely dry and settled with perhaps a bit brief spells of rain for some."

Accuweather's long range forecast also predicts a warm month of May, with a particularly glorious week showing in our county town of Maidstone from May 9.

The Met Office also predicted sunny spells to strike next month as spring gets in full swing.

The forecast between Friday, April 23, and Sunday, May 16, said: "Generally fine and dry on Friday, with sunny spells and patchy fair-weather cloud.

Accuweather's prediction for May in Maidstone

"Some showers possible for the far northeast, accompanied by gusty winds; these winds are also expected for the far southwest where gale-force gusts could be seen in exposed areas.

"For most of April, high pressure is expected to dominate, meaning most places will be dry and bright, with some morning fog patches in places where winds are light.

"After a dip in daytime temperatures at the start of the period, it will probably warm slightly by day, although overnight frosts remain probable in rural areas.

"Mixed weather patterns, typical of spring are most likely through the first half of May.

"Temperatures are likely to be close to the average for the time of year, with the possibility of some warmer spells."

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