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When ‘blowtorch’ heatwave will hit Kent as forecasters predict several in July

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Weather forecasters are predicting several heatwaves to hit Kent in July with some potentially containing "blowtorch" levels of heat.

The Met Office warns to expect “above-average temperatures” which could extend to “some very warm or hot days”.

Similarly, the BBC notes the possibility of “very warm” weather, including “heat waves”.

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Across the board, experts say temperatures are expected to be over the average for the time of year for at least the first half of July.

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It follows a drizzly end to June with more rain expected in Kent over the coming days.

But Brian Gaze, a forecaster at Weather Outlook, shared his latest heat maps and suggested "blowtorch" levels of hot air could cause temperatures to rise during July.

He said: "A warm air mass is expected over the UK, so in sunny spells the mercury is set to rise.

"In the longer term the signal is for a drier and very warm period, but there is still uncertainty.

WXCharts' prediction for July 10

"The GEFS 00z plot for London shows upper air temperatures rising as we head into late June and early July.

"A few of the runs in the ensemble are going for 'blowtorch' scenarios, but most are currently in the potentially warm or very warm territory.

"However, the temperatures we end up with at the ground level are very dependent at this time of the year on the extent of cloud cover and rain."

According to the heat maps, the first spell of seriously hot weather is expected to take hold around July 6.

They say that temperatures are likely to peak around 26C in northern parts of Kent.

Another potentially even hotter burst is predicted just a few days later on July 10.

Two weather maps from different forecasters have temperatures close to 30C that day.

It backs up what official forecasters are saying about the chance of a series of heatwaves taking hold during July.

Netweather's forecast for July 10

They say: “The Atlantic high is expected to send more transient high-pressure systems across the British Isles into northern Europe at times.

“These will largely linger for a few days at a time, and will usher in drier and sunnier conditions to interrupt the unsettled conditions.

“The warmer, sunnier days are expected to primarily be brief spells early in July.

“These may become a bit more persistent by mid-July, particularly across England.

"Computer models are persistent on developing a strong area of high pressure over Scandinavia by mid-July.

“This would be a very warm pattern overall and lead to a potential for heat waves.”

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