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Experts say Kent set for ‘rollercoaster’ summer of 30C heat and heavy rain

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent residents have basked in scorching weather for most of the last week.

But it also followed one of the wettest Mays on record.

And now several forecasters are predicting we could be in for an entire summer of "rollercoaster" weather extremes.

A senior meteorologist and lead European forecaster at AccuWeather said we are looking at "above normal" highs of 30C in the south-east of England during the summer.

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Tyler Roys,told Express.co.uk: "Much of this summer will be closer to what is expected… near normal.

"The best chance for any significant heat (above 30C for southern England) will come in July and early August.

"What we expect for this summer is temperatures to be a roller coaster dealing a few days that will be below normal and a few days that happen to be above normal.

"At this time we do not expect any prolonged heat this summer, at best southern England will be at the edge of any heat."

Brian Gaze, a forecaster a Weather Outlook, also predicted that things would be up and down.

He said that warm conditions were expected to linger until August, although short disturbances of rain could also strike.

"Mixed weather for much of July, although the emphasis early on may be on drier and warmer conditions.

"Temperatures on the whole are favoured to be close to the seasonal average.

"The second half could see increasingly unsettled with the likelihood of heavy showery outbreaks of rain."

"However, some drier and warmer spells are still likely.

Folkestone beach, Kent

"Although temperatures are forecast to be close to the seasonal average overall, significant variations are possible."

Mr Gaze then added the second half of August could see a "very warm period".

He said: "The driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large.

"Temperatures should be above average when aggregated over the period as a whole.

"In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases."

In the shorter term, the Met Office's long-range forecast between Saturday, June 19 and Saturday, July 3, said to expect "hot conditions" over the rest of the month.

The forecast said: "Temperatures are likely to remain average to warmer than average with an increased risk of hot conditions.

"A good deal of fine and dry weather across much of the UK for the end of June.

"There could be a few showers in places and perhaps some rain in the far north at times.

"Temperatures are likely to be above average."

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