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‘Flooding expected’ as Met Office issues thunderstorm warning for Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent is set to be hit hard by thunderstorms today (June 28) as the unsettled summer weather continues.

Conditions look like they will stay unstable and unpredictable heading through the week – with some improvements on the way – but we will first have to get through storms worthy of a yellow weather warning.

Though the lowest tier of weather warning that can be issued by the Met Office, these warnings still carry a good deal of importance – as Kent will be battered by June's second wave of storms.

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The warning will remain in place from noon today (June 28), until 10pm.

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Temperatures will remain warm, if somewhat muggy, at around 20C, though the cloud cover that will span most of the county will mean that today's lows will only dip to 15C at night.

The rain is set to stick around into Tuesday and Wednesday, though neither are predicted to have weather extreme enough to warrant a warning.

As the week goes on, scattered showers and patches of sunshine will see temperatures hover around that 20C mark, though without the sustained sunshine of early-to-mid June – and patchy showers scattered in between.

The weekend looks to be warm, with highs of 21C on Saturday, but not necessarily totally dry quite yet, with scattered patches of rain likely.

The Met Office's yellow weather warning predicts that many parts of Kent will miss the worst today – but some road flooding might be expected.

The warnings read as follows:

  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.
  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.
  • There is a small chance of fast-flowing or deep floodwater.
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost.

Kent's detailed weather forecast for this week:

Today:

Overcast with drizzle at first, foggy across the Chilterns. Becoming dry during the morning but showers quickly forming along the south coast around noon.

Showers slow moving and turning heavy or thundery, however sunny spells developing away from this area. Maximum temperature 22C.

Tonight:

Turning into a sunny evening for much of the region, however showers will continue to persist along the south coast throughout the night, with cloudy conditions spreading northwards. Minimum temperature 14C.

Tuesday:

A cloudy day with showers continuing to affect the south coast, merging into longer spells of rain during the morning.

Some sunshine possible later towards the west. Maximum temperature 20C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Generally cloudy during the mornings, improving by midday with sunnier spells in the afternoons.

Dull with outbreaks of rain and drizzle early Wednesday. Occasional showers on Thursday and Friday afternoons.

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