Original article from Kent Live
Kent finally has a shred of hope for the summer on the horizon, as mid-to-late July will bring clearer skies and temperatures as high as 25C.
However, warmer weather is on the way – though not for a few weeks, as The Weather Outlook predicts that the week beginning Monday July 19 will be the week to expect a decent spell of clear skies to return.
Until then, there's plenty of cool, rainy weather to get through, with scattered downpours today (July 7) unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm of England fans ahead of the Euros Semi-Final between the three lions and Denmark.
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Looking ahead to the final on Sunday evening, there is yet more wet weather on the way – perhaps a good omen that England will be bringing our trademark dismal conditions to the summit of European football.
Maps from WXCharts show incredibly heavy rain, with 5-10mm of rain falling per hour across Kent and the south east, especially hitting inland areas like Tunbridge Wells and the borders with Sussex and London.
However, there is some hope on the horizon.
WXCharts has July 17 down as the day when Kent will once again experience some truly summery temperatures – hitting as high as 24-25C in the garden of England.
The Weather Outlook mirrors this – predicting clear skies on July 19 and 20, with temperatures between 22 and 23C, before Thursday 22 July finally sees Kent see sun and a pleasantly toasty 25C.
This might make the short term forecast a little easier to stomach – which the Met Office makes out as being a lot less pleasant.
Detailed 5-day forecast for Kent and the south east
On the cloudy side at times, but brighter and less windy than Tuesday on the whole, with the north and west most prone to showers, some heavy and perhaps thundery later. Parts of the south and east staying dry. Maximum Temperature 21 °C.
Showers dying away quickly through the evening with cloud thinning and clear spells developing before midnight. This will allow the odd mist or fog patch to form later. Minimum Temperature 13 °C.
Clear spells at first with short-lived mist and fog patches. Scattered showers developing, perhaps turning heavy, especially further north. Showers dying out towards evening. Light winds. Maximum Temperature 23 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Changeable, with further clear or sunny spells but also showers, heavy or thundery at times. Merging into longer spells of rain on Saturday. Temperatures mostly near normal, with light winds.