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Met Office explains exactly why there’s so much rain in Kent this summer

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Original article from Kent Live

Gripped by another bout of inclement weather, people are starting to question where on earth our summer has gone.

In April temperatures remained unusually cold for what seemed like an eternity.

The month of May was one of the wettest on record.

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Even recently, while we've had spells of decent weather, rain has persisted and forecasters say we're looking at more of it in the next few days.

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According to the Met Office, part of the explanation is simply seasonal weather factors that are completely normal for this time of year.

They said: “In autumn and winter our weather is largely driven by large scale low pressure systems and weather fronts which move across the UK, bringing longer periods of rain and strong winds.

“In the spring and summer, these weather systems often move further north allowing the weather to become quieter.

"While showers are still possible at any time of the year, they are more likely and more widespread during the summer due to the local effects of the hills and valleys, land and sea and subtle variations in heat and moisture.”

Another factor behind the wet weather could be climate change.

Waves hitting the harbour wall in Folkestone last year

Explaining the potential impacts, the Met Office said: "Heavy rainfall is also more likely.

"Since 1998, the UK has seen seven of the ten wettest years on record."

And while the Met Office projected that overall summers are to become hotter and drier, "wetter summers are also possible".

In fact, their official classifications for UK weather changes under "dry spells" currently has "no trend detected".

But under "heavy rain" it's classified definitively as "increase".

What is for certain is that most meteorologists were predicting the up and down weather weeks ago.

Over a month ago they said we were in for a "rollercoaster" summer.

Senior meteorologist and lead European forecaster at AccuWeatherTyler Roys told Express.co.uk: "What we expect for this summer is temperatures to be a roller coaster, dealing a few days that will be below normal and a few days that happen to be above normal.

"At this time we do not expect any prolonged heat this summer, at best southern England will be at the edge of any heat."

Brian Gaze of the Weather Outlook shared the view: "Mixed weather for much of July, although the emphasis early on may be on drier and warmer conditions.

"Although temperatures are forecast to be close to the seasonal average overall, significant variations are possible.

The good news is that Mr Gaze also believed the second half of August could see a "very warm period".

Netweather's forecast for July 20 has temperatures in the high 20s

Once again though, extremes with more wet weather seems to be the order of the day this summer.

"The driest weather will probably be in the south and east," he said.

"But a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large."

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