Original article from Kent Live
Kent is set to bask in some beautiful weather as the current heatwave keeps up momentum heading into this weekend.
After an unsettled, wet May and an especially cold April, summer has finally arrived – and it looks like the heat won't just be a flash in the pan.
As the week goes on, temperatures are expected to keep ticking upwards, hitting 27C on Friday (June 11).
That might not be all though – as highs of 30C could be on their way over the weekend as the current blast of warm weather is set to carry on into next week.
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For a short while, the unrelenting sun, blue skies and high temperatures, coupled with the start of Euro 2020, will be reminiscent of the pre-COVID glory days of 2018 – when the World Cup and a heatwave coincided beautifully.
For footy fans and beach-goers alike the warm weather will be a welcome change, and a signal that steadily, all is returning to normal – even if delays to reopening are increasingly likely.
There's a good chance the 2021 temperature record will be broken this weekend too – if the forecast heights are met.
West London saw the highest peak of the year last week, with 28.3C recorded last Wednesday in Northolt.
All good things must come to an end however, including the scorching weather.
Forecasters predict that cooler weather will arrive by the end of next week, bringing temperatures closer to the 20C mark in most areas.
"There is a realistic possibility of 30C being reached in the UK for this first time this year before temperatures dip," a spokesman for the Weather Outlook said.
As more often than not is the case, the best of the weather will be enjoyed by us in the South East, which will see dazzling sun for the next two days.
Similar patterns will continue until the weekend, when the vast majority of the UK will have hours of uninterrupted sunshine.
This will see all parts of the country well into the 20Cs, if not edging towards 25C.
The balmy weather will be warm comfort for those who were forced to cut their holidays in Portugal short this week.
Heavy cloud has already started to sneak in for those in the west, although temperatures will remain close to 20C even in the most overcast places.
Temperatures are set to be hotter than the Algarve this weekend, with 28C to 30C in the South East, compared to 24C in Faro.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon gave a fractionally more cautious forecast to The Mirror.
He said: "The maximum temperatures will come on Sunday, which will be the hottest day of the week.
"It will reach potentially 29C in the South East and London. That would make it the hottest day of the year.
"Initially the signs are showing that the mild temperatures will stick around into the beginning of next week. The dominant theme of high pressure set to continue across the UK."
Detailed five Day forecast for Kent
Another fine day, with prolonged sunshine once early mist and fog cloud clears from some southern areas.
A generally very warm day with light winds expected. Sea breezes developing along the south coast may take the edge off temperatures. Maximum temperature 26C.
Dry and mild overnight, clear spells before midnight, perhaps allowing the odd mist or fog patch to form with light winds.
Cloud increasing after midnight. Minimum temperature 12C.
Perhaps a little more cloud about during the morning but it will be another fine dry day with long periods of very warm afternoon sunshine.
Maximum temperature 27C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday
Staying largely fine through this period, with plenty of sunshine, while temperatures may rise a little further.
Southern coastal districts may see periods of mist and low cloud.