Original article from Kent Live
The Met Office has finally predicted a return to some summer-worthy weather – with the current cold and wet weather set to remain into August.
Storm Evert is set to batter Kent over the next few days, with the short-term forecast seeing heavy rain throughout the weekend.
To find even a glimpse of hope, forecasters have had to look a little further into the future – but early signs point to a positively tropical oasis of warm weather set for the middle of August.
The next week looks set to be unstable, kicking August off to a shaky and unpredictable start.
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The Met Office's prediction for August 4 through to August 13 reflects this, with a prediction that is very similar to recent weather:
"Unsettled, changeable conditions continue to dominate the picture for the first half of August.
"A mixture of sunny spells and showers, with some drier interludes, is the general pattern expected through this period for all.
"At first, scattered showers for most, with some thunderstorms likely to develop from these. Torrential downpours are likely in some places.
"Through the remainder of this period, it will likely turn settled, though a few showers cannot be ruled out, especially in southeastern areas.
"Drier weather than recently, with sunny spells for most through to mid-August."
However, looking to the forecast from Accuweather, there appears to be a patch of clearer, warmer weather beyond August 13.
From August 16, an entire week of uninterrupted, sunny weather will grace the south east, and the Met Office supports this prediction:
"There is a tentative sign of more settled conditions developing with higher pressure becoming slightly more likely.
"This means drier conditions may become more prevalent, although there is still the risk of showers or thunderstorms at times.
"Temperatures likely to trend to above average, with an increasing chance of hotter spells developing as the month progresses."
Meteorologist Stephen Dixon said: "It's too early to say if we will have another heatwave in August, but by mid-August there are signals of high pressure bringing drier and warmer air.
"Temperatures will be above average, but the average temperatures for England in August is 21C so still too early to know if it will become a heatwave."
Though not a nailed-on heat blast, this news will come as a welcome reminder over the coming wet weekend that the summer of 2021 isn't quite over yet.
Detailed 5-day forecast for Kent
Unseasonably windy, with coastal gales.
Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent for some through the morning.
Brighter spells possible by the afternoon, but most places cloudy with showers, heavy at times and potentially thundery. Maximum temperature 20 °C.
Showers are likely to continue into the evening, only gradually easing later in the night.
Some parts staying drier however, especially in the west, with clear spells developing.
Winds easing. Minimum temperature 13 °C.
Mostly dry at first, with sunny spells and just the odd shower possible.
Cloud builds through the day with scattered showers developing, heavy in places, with a chance of thunder. Maximum temperature 24 °C.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Often dry with variable cloud, sunny spells and a chance of showers through the period.
Greatest risk on Monday. Staying rather cool with light winds.