Original article from Kent Live
The past week-and-a-half has seen the hottest temperatures of 2021 so far, with searing heat and bright blue skies across the south east.
The heat arrived in Kent two Fridays ago (July 16) and stayed for more than a week, with highs of 29C recorded in the county last week.
However, it wasn't to last forever and the heat was replaced by storm clouds and flooding yesterday (July 25).
After most towns in Kent saw temperatures of at least 25C for nine days in a row, the mini-heatwave has given way to milder temperatures and strong rainfall.
That doesn't mean that summer is completely over, though.
While the next two weeks are expected to remain fairly damp and overcast, the hot weather and sunshine could be making a comeback later in August.
Over the next ten days Sussex will see highs of around 20C along with plenty of rain, according to the Met Office.
However, as August wears on the rain clouds should recede and make way for the late summer sunshine.
While the Met Office stress that their long range forecast can't be entirely accurate, they predict "drier and warmer" conditions during the middle of August.
The long range outlook by the Met Office predicts that, before August 22, the warm and dry weather will be back.
They predict that a system of high pressure will arrive towards the middle of the month, which could lead to "above average" temperatures for the time of year.
The Met Office issued an amber warning for extreme heat earlier this month, as temperatures in the UK reached as high as 32C in parts of London.
Met Office weather outlook
Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 8
Remaining unsettled through much of this period, with most places seeing longer spells of rain at times.
These changeable conditions bringing outbreaks of rain and variable cloud amounts from the west, with the chance of heavy showers, perhaps thundery at times between any drier and sunnier interludes.
Winds, at times becoming strong and blustery adding to the cool feel. From the end of next week through early August, we will likely see a continuation of mixed conditions bringing sunny spells and heavy showers, perhaps with some more prolonged rain at times
Southwestern areas possibly staying driest whereas the northeast may be wetter than usual. Temperatures are expected to be around or just below average.
Sunday, August 8- Sunday, August 22
Changeable conditions look likely to continue through the start of this period, with sunny spells mixed in with some showers at times or longer spells of rain in northwest England.
There are tentative signals suggesting that high pressure may become more dominant during the middle of August, bringing more settled, drier and warmer conditions for many.
Temperatures are most likely to be above average.