Original article from Kent Live
The Met Office has made a prediction for when the next heatwave will hit Kent – but we'll see this one come to a spluttering end first.
August might just be the time to expect the next blast of warm weather – and though the Met Office is usually hesitant to use the term 'heatwave', the medium-to-long range forecast looks promising.
The UK has seen dismal temperatures and wet weather so far this year – with thunderstorms, grey skies and some well below-average spells of heat, especially earlier in the summer.
Even this week, heatwave weather will be broken up by thundery showers at times.
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It says a lot about the state of the UK summer that we have waited from June 14 to July 18 for the hottest day of the year record to be smashed.
So, when will the current heatwave end?
It looks like by Friday, according to meteorologists and forecasters.
They expect the heatwave to continue with highs in the high twenties all week – before 21C highs next weekend, which is a far more manageable number.
But when could a heatwave return – if it even does – this summer?
The Met Office predicts, from August 2 to August 16, that: "Into early August, warmer and drier-than-average conditions look likely to return for much of the UK."
It adds: "By mid-August confidence becomes rather low, but with changeable conditions most likely.
"Above-average temperatures continue to be signalled for much of the period, perhaps becoming very warm or hot at times in the south."
This is by no means a concrete prediction – and the distinction between 'warm', 'very warm' and 'hot' is more than a little ambiguous.
That said, with thunderstorms set to hit this week, we may well need the prospect of an August heat blast to keep us going.
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