Original article from Kent Live
Kent is set to see the end to July's first heatwave, as thunderstorms are predicted across the county this evening.
In a week that has seen temperatures peak in the mid-30s, a band of rain is expected to wash the heat and sun away, landing in most areas of Kent by 6pm.
The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms, which may also bring localised flooding, lightning, and unpredictable conditions on Kent's roads.
Flooding has already been sighted around the county, though the worst may be yet to come.
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Localised flooding has already been spotted in East Malling and Maidstone.
We will bring you live updates on the weather, traffic and images from around Kent as we get them.
East Malling traffic update & more local weather information
The area surrounding East Malling has seen heavy flooding, with disruption stretching from East Malling to Wateringbury.
Wateringbury Road is closed in both directions, with queueing traffic, due to flooding and a fallen tree, from Sweets Lane (East Malling) to Barming Road (Wateringbury).
There is also queueing traffic due to flooding on B2015 Bow Road in both directions at Bow Road.
Rail & road disruption across Kent
Thameslink and Southeastern services are no longer stopping at Northfleet due to flooding.
Elsewhere, there is slow-moving traffic in Forstal, near Aylesford, due to flooding from Cobtree Manor to Beddow Way.
There are also reports of flooding in Bearstead, as well as substantial disruption in Maidstone.
Flooding on A229 Sheals Crescent has caused slow moving traffic in both directions between B2012 Staceys Street (White Rabbit Roundabout) and Sheals Crescent in Maidstone.
Update: Storm Warning increased to amber alert
Kent's weather warning has been updated from a yellow warning to an amber warning by the Met Office.
The areas covered by this are predominantly central Kent, including Canterbury, Maidstone and Sevenoaks.
The destinction between a yellow warning and an amber warning are to do with severity.
Whilst the use of a yellow warning varies, an amber warning indicates:
- An increased likelihood of impacts from severe weather, which could potentially disrupt your plans.
- This means there is the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property.
Dramatic flooding captured across the county
Images have already begun surfacing from across Kent of localised flooding in the county.
East Malling and Maidstone have seen downpours causing water build up on roads.
A number of parts of Kent have also seen traffic and travel disruption due to the flooding, with further details to follow.