Original article from Kent Live
July has arrived with a bang, bringing more intense thunderstorms after months of unpredictable weather.
Kent and the South East is bracing for heavy rain, hail and lightning this weekend, as the Met Office issues a 16-hour warning.
From early Saturday morning (July 3), as much as two inches of rain could fall in some places in a span of a few hours, with forecasters warning of a prolonged period of rain along with some intense bursts.
Further heavy showers are expected to break out throughout the day, but these will be more hit-and-miss.
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Where they do occur, there is a chance of 1.5 inches of rain falling in just one hour – again accompanied by lightning and hail.
The Met Office has warned of the chance of flooding, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes or hail.
Travel disruption is also possible, due to difficult driving conditions and road closures.
Inland areas are expected to be the worst hit, while coastal areas have a much higher chance of staying dry.
Before all hope of a summer this year is lost, the hot weather could be making a comeback towards the second half of July.
It is believed the country could experience very hot spells, with the chance of a heatwave developing from July 19 – when coronavirus restrictions are set to be scrapped.
South East five-day weather forecast
Any early mist and fog will dissipate quickly, although some patches lingering near the south coast. Sunny spells following and dry for most, although a few showers may develop in the north in the afternoon. Feeling warm and rather humid. Maximum temperature 25 °C.
Dry for a time with some clear spells in the east, but cloud increasing as showery rain spreads from the west. Some heavier bursts likely later. Minimum temperature 13 °C.
Showery rain moving east in the morning, with some heavy bursts. Scattered heavy showers, thundery in places, then developing in the afternoon. Feeling rather warm and humid. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Rather warm Sunday, with bright or sunny spells but also some heavy, locally thundery showers developing. Bright with less showers on Monday. Overnight rain, then showers Tuesday. Cooler, strong winds.