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Kent cold snap set to drop temperatures to below freezing

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Today's bright, sunny, but chilly start is an indication of what the rest of the week holds as Kent looks set for an uncharacteristically cold beginning to May.

After a Bank Holiday weekend that went out on a damp note, the weather has since cleared, though last week's warm weather seems to be firmly behind us.

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing in Kent and the South East according to the met office, accompanied by intermittent heavy showers.

We might even wake up to a mid-spring frost tomorrow morning, with -1C predicted inland, due to clear weather overnight.

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This follows on from an anticlimactic weekend at best, and an outright horrible one at worst.

May's Bank Holiday smashed records this weekend when it became the coldest ever recorded.

To add to the cold weather misery, a severe weather warning for wind was also in force, though these extreme gusts are not forecast to continue through the week.

Though Kent will get away with being slightly warmer than the North of England and Scotland, we're still expected to see freezing weather, but not in quite such bizarre fashion as the freak snowfall that hit Manchester last night.

The Met Office says the freak cold air had moved across the south dragging the temperatures down to between 2C and 4C.

A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: "We are likely to see some frosts overnight, quite widespread, so away from towns and cities, even for central and some southern areas there could be some localised frosts with temperatures dipping below freezing.

The mercury is set to dip below -1C overnight across Kent.

"If you are out in rural areas, you may well see those temperatures dip, particularly for central and northern areas."

Forecasters said the cold weather is expected to continue into this week and more snow could strike hill regions.

Met Office Outlook:

Today:

A chilly start but mostly cloudy and dry. Scattered showers developing through the morning with some bright or sunny spells in places.

Showers perhaps heavy at times through the afternoon, possibly with hail further east. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Tonight:

Showers dying away through the evening. All parts dry and clear by midnight.

Isolated mist patches in rural river valleys by dawn. Local frost inland. Minimum temperature -1 °C.

Thursday:

Another cold day, bright spells through the morning but cloud thickening with showers developing through the afternoon, locally heavy, perhaps with hail.

Showers dying out later with clear spells developing. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Bright spells and mostly dry on Friday. Quickly turning very windy on Saturday with showers or longer spells of rain.

Windy with further heavy showers on Sunday. Overnight frosts.

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