Original article from Kent Live
Kent has enjoyed – or endured – a positively sweltering week of near-uninterrupted sun, clear skies and high temperatures.
However, that will come to an end this weekend – as county-wide storms will bring a soaking end to the heatwave.
Expect a lot of rain throughout the weekend, with Sunday being predicted for heavier downpours than Saturday.
The rain will then hang about into next week – with Tuesday also predicted to be wet for many in Kent, before some clear skies reappear later into next week.
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Ashford will be hit by rain from as early as 6am on Saturday (July 24) – but the worst will come down between 8am and 9am, with another patch of heavy showers predicted for 11am.
Saturday afternoon will be a wet one for much of Kent, with bands of especially heavy downpours landing at just before 4pm.
However the real storm will come on Sunday, where Ashford can expect lighting and heavy rain between 10am and 1pm.
Canterbury will get a douse of rain bright and early at around 9am, before a thunderstorm comes in between 11am and 1pm to truly wipe away what little is left of the heatwave.
Highs of just 21C can be expected on Saturday – with Sunday bringing yet more rain.
The rain is forecast to begin at around 10am on Sunday, and continue right the way through the day.
However – the thundery and heavier showers are expected to peter out by the afternoon, with some patches of sun later on between 4pm and 7pm.
Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester
Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester will be some of the earliest parts of Kent to feel the effects of the weekend's storms – with rain starting at 9am .
This will intensify into a thunderstorm by 10am, but will cool off into the afternoon, with cloudy if drier conditions forecast.
Sunday will again see heavy rain and lightning for the Medway towns – with the heaviest of the weather coming in the mid-to-late afternoon.
Highs of 21C mean it will be notably cooler, but with varying intensities of rain forecast between 10am and 7pm, you'd be brave to be outside to feel the temperature drop.
Dartford is the oddity in Kent – with no heavy rain forecast for the north-western town.
Some summery showers will pass in the morning between 9am and 11am, and the town will avoid the worst of Sunday's weather too.
Heavy rain and lightning will hit at 1pm, but this should break into showery sunny spells by 4pm, with slightly warmer-than-average highs of 22C predicted.
At the other end of the county, Dover will also get off fairly lightly, though more sustained periods of rain can be expected on Sunday morning.
The weather will be cool, barely breaking out of the 20s along the coast, whilst morning rain on Saturday will give way to a cloudy afternoon.
No thunder or lightning are forecast for Sunday, but rain will be heavy between 10am and 4pm, with some sunny patches in between showers.
Faversham and Sittingbourne
Faversham and nearby Sittingbourne will see very similar conditions on Saturday – both seeing rain begin heavily at around 9am, continuing into the early afternoon, at which point cloudy skies will take over.
The Swale towns will avoid the worst of the rain on Sunday, but can expect some lightning and thunder shortly after midday, and some heavier rain in the mid-to-late afternoon.
However, lighter spells in the morning and evening mean there will be a few windows of brighter weather around sunrise and sunset.
Folkestone 's weather will be unpredictable on Saturday, with scattered patches of sun and showers from 8am until midday, with the possibility of some further isolated showers in the afternoon.
Sunday is a different story altogether, though.
Thunderstorms will land at around 10am and are likely to remain all the way through the day until the late afternoon at 5pm – a stark difference to Dover just a few miles up the coast.
Highs of 20C also make Folkestone slightly cooler than the rest of Kent.
Gravesend, like fellow north-west Kent neighbour Dartford, will see less inclement weather than the rest of Kent.
A few hours of showers between 9am and 11am on Saturday will clear to see temperatures peak at 22C in the afternoon, though it will stay cloudy.
On Sunday, Gravesend can't totally avoid the county's thunderstorms, with a 70% chance of thunder, lightning and heavy rain starting from 1pm on July 25.
Herne Bay will avoid the heaviest rain until Sunday, with only scattered showers between 9am and 12pm on Saturday.
Though some rain is forecast on Sunday, unlike the majority of the region, Herne Bay will get away without thunder or lightning, and should only see some heavy showers between 10am and 4pm.
There will still be some patches of sun on July 25 – but temperatures will stay at a cool 20C.
Maidstone will not only be the warmest part of Kent this weekend, but also potentially the wettest, with highs of 23C putting it a good couple of degrees above the rest of the county.
However, rain is forecast from 8am on Saturday right the way through until 8pm, though this will be less of the heavy showers seen elsewhere, and more likely smaller, but more consistent volumes of rain.
The thunderstorms will wait to strike until Sunday, though, landing shortly after midday and carrying through until late afternoon, with several potential hours of lightning and thunder.
Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs
Thanet may avoid the worst of the rain altogether according to the Met Office.
Somehow, Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs will only experience two isolated hours of rain on Saturday, at 9am and midday.
Though it won't be clear skies for Thanet, the seaside towns are likely to enjoy a dryer start to the weekend.
Sunday will continue this trend – with lighter showers than other parts of Kent punctuated by sunny spells, meaning Thanet will avoid the worst weather – unlike more inland areas.
Sevenoaks will see moderate weather this weekend – with a rainier Saturday being a trade-off for some sunny patches too.
Rain will fall between 6am and 10am on July 24, continuing again at noon into the evening, stopping at around 8pm.
Sunday will then get off to a misty start, before thunderstorms at 1pm gradually ease into an evening of light showers, and highs of 20C.
Sheerness and Sheppey are in for some heavy rain on Saturday, and are the only part of Kent to expect thunderstorms on both days of the weekend.
Rain will begin at 9am on Saturday, getting heavier until midday, at which point this will develop into some stormy weather which should dissipate later in the afternoon.
Thunderstorms will also hit the north Kent isle earlier than elsewhere on Sunday – landing at around 10am and continuing into the mid-afternoon, though growing clearer by the evening
Tunbridge Wells and nearby Tonbridge will be caught in the same heavy rain as Sevenoaks early on Saturday morning, with rain beginning at around 6am.
However, a drier spell from 10am to 3pm will see cloud cover remain over the Kent-Sussex border, before more rain between 3pm and the evening puts a damp end to Saturday.
Sunday will see especially heavy rain for Tunbridge Wells – with mist giving way to morning and early afternoon thunder and lightning, with heavy rain continuing through minus the dramatic thunderclaps from around 4pm.