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Latest Kent weather forecast amid hopes for May bank holiday heatwave

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent has endured a chilly April and many have pinned their hopes on a warm start to May to kick-off spring.

This weekend has seen warmer temperatures than last, with highs of 15 degrees across Kent seeing the county reach higher temperatures than the Greek island of Crete.

The week to come is expected to be much of the same on the weather front, with a slight dip in temperatures balanced by continued clear skies and sun.

However, Met Office forecasts may have poured cold water on the predictions that the May Bank Holiday could bring scorching temperatures into the high twenties to low thirties, as cloud and early-May showers have crept into the forecast.

Though British Weather Services last week predicted a summery start to May, with weather fit for a Bank Holiday weekend, it appears that these hopes may fade.

However, The Met Office has qualified their pessimistic forecast, as the uncertainty of long-term forecasting may mean that a warm may bank holiday isn't entirely out of the question.

They said: "When looking at forecasts beyond five days into the future the chaotic nature of the atmosphere starts to come into play – small events currently over the Atlantic can have potentially significant impacts on our weather in the UK in several days' time.

"Whilst we can still forecast the general feel of the weather to a relatively high level of accuracy using our ensemble models, it becomes harder to offer local detail to as high a level of accuracy as our shorter range forecasts."

Whilst this doesn't mean The Met Office is wrong to be a little more conservative in their estimates, it also doesn't mean a hotter long weekend is entirely off the cards just yet.

Tonight

After a fine and sunny day, it will be dry with clear spells overnight.

Turning chilly with frost and isolated fog patches forming in some rural spots.

Patchy cloud along the East coast, over Dover, Folkestone and Thanet, with minimum temperatures of 2 °C.

Monday

Monday's temperatures are set for highs of 15C, though much of Kent may feel cooler.

Another chilly start across Kent, but otherwise another fine and dry day with some long spells of sunshine.

The east coast is expected to be cooler, with an onshore breeze bringing cooler air inland to Canterbury.

The maximum temperature will reach a perfectly reasonable 15°C.

Tuesday to the weekend

Less settled and slightly colder, with the increased chance of rain and showers spreading southwards.

Expect more widespread precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday with some chilly nights ahead.

The weekend may see some showers in the east, with an increasing chance of heavy rain and showers hitting the south of England including Kent.

However, high pressure is set to dominate, meaning the weather should be largely dry and fine, with some bright spells.

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