Original article from Kent Live
The weekend ahead is set to be a beacon of hope amidst a wave of grey, wet weather across Kent and the South East.
After one of the coldest April's on record and a dismal May, even the promise of an early June heatwave seems a distant prospect at the moment.
This week has seen widespread torrential rain, thunderstorms and low temperatures, and a flood warning issued by the Environment Agency.
However, this weekend is set to see the depressing grey part and allow a little sunshine to grace Kent.
This comes just in time for many much-awaited weekend pub trips, as indoor dining is finally allowed once more across the UK.
Though there are still likely to be showers on Saturday and Sunday, the promise of some brighter weather on the first day of the weekend will break up what has been a very wet and windy week.
It won't be especially warm – with AccuWeather predicting highs of 13C – but as we head in to next week temperatures are expected to pick up from Wednesday, with clearer skies making a return too.
Met Office forecast for the rest of the week
Although some parts start bright and chilly, rain moves north-eastwards across many areas, heavy for parts of the west, especially hills.
A few brighter spells in southwestern areas this afternoon. Cool and windy for most, gales in coastal west.
Gales, possibly severe, affecting some southwestern coastal areas, with strong winds inland across the south. Further rain at times for most areas, heavy in places.
Less chilly than preceding night.
A few brighter interludes but the emphasis on cloud, wind and spells of rain, heavy in a few areas, especially over hills in the southwest and northeast.
Feeling distinctly cool.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday
Sunshine and scattered showers on Saturday.
Cloud, rain and stronger winds moving east on Sunday followed by further showers, locally heavy with thunder on Monday. Rather cool.