Original article from Kent Live
Forecasters have predicted a joyous blast of warm weather ahead of another weekend of rain for Kent, giving July a brief, but optimistically warm start.
Today's weather (June 30) will be fairly mild and grey, though Thursday (July 1) and Friday (July 2) are set to kick off the new month with some temperatures more fitting of the summer.
Highs of 24-25C have been predicted for Friday – ahead of an average if not outright disappointing weekend.
Elsewhere, tennis fans following Wimbledon have had a slightly less joy.
The tournament has seen a soggy start but they should at least have drier weather on Wednesday with early rain disappearing by midday and temperatures expected to peak at around 18C in the South East.
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It follows downpours over the first two days of the championships have seen matches interrupted or cancelled.
Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist from the Met Office, said: "There will be a grey and cloudy start to Wimbledon, with light patchy drizzle and on and off rain until lunchtime.
"It will be dry by the afternoon, with increasing sunshine."
BBC Weather has predicted that the best of the sunshine will come on Thursday at around 4pm, with highs of 22C predicted for tomorrow – but the true highlight will be Friday's heat, which will head into a warm and clear evening.
According to the BBC, the rain should be held at bay until Sunday, though, the Met Office is less optimistic, predicting that Saturday afternoon has a 40% chance of showers.
Looking ahead to the weekend as a whole, the Met Office says it will be "increasingly humid" with "rain or showers for most".
Full 5-day forecast for Kent and the south east
Dull, murky start for many with outbreaks of drizzle and occasional spells of more persistent rain.
Rain easing from most parts by early afternoon, with bright or sunny spells developing west of London and near the south coast. Maximum temperature 19 °C.
Cloud returning to coastal parts but some clear spells persisting inland, where they do it will turn rather misty.
Light winds everywhere. Minimum temperature 9C.
Cloudy near the coast with the odd spot of light rain. Dry inland with bright or sunny spells.
Light winds. Maximum temperature 24C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Each morning will start dull but slowly improve. Occasional mainly light showers on Friday with some sunny spells.
More cloud on Saturday and Sunday with heavy showers, thundery at times.