Original article from Kent Live
People in Kent could be basking in sunshine again as of August 11 as weather conditions are set to become more settled following this week's battering.
Mid-July saw an unprecedented heatwave that brought sizzling temperatures up and down the country and saw the UK record two of its hottest day.
But the average 30C temperatures soon gave way to thunderstorms and showers this past week which caused heavy rainfall and flash flooding in London and areas of the south.
Today the UK is set to be hit by gale force winds of up to 65mph and a torrent of rain lasting till the end of July.
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Relentless rain has already lashed the country in recent days, and on Thursday the grim weather will see more heavy rain in many areas as well as 'thundery showers' in the north and 'severe gales' in the south west.
Forecasters have issued severe weather warnings for rain in north west England and wind in south west England on Thursday and Friday, with gusts of up to 65mph predicted.
But once the first two weeks of August pass, things are expected to start looking up again.
The first 10 days of August are set to stay unsettled, with a mixture of dry, sunny period and rain.
But by Wednesday, August 11, Brits are tipped to be able to enjoy the summer a bit more.
Forecasters at the Met Office said there are signs of more settled conditions from then as higher pressure develops.
And they said we can look forward to higher than average temperatures with an "increasing chance of hotter spells developing as the month progresses".
Here's the Met Office's long range forecast for August in Kent:
Monday (August 2) to Wednesday (August 4)
The Met Office long range forecast says: "Often rather cloudy Monday with showers, but some sunny spells also possible. Likely drier Tuesday and Wednesday with sunny spells, variable cloud and just the odd light shower possible."
Wednesday (August 4) to Friday (August 13)
The Met Office says: "The 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.
"Some of these showery spells may merge to give slightly longer spells of rain.
"At first, scattered showers for most, with some thunderstorms likely to develop from these. Torrential downpours are likely in some places.
"… Drier weather than recently, with sunny spells for most through to mid-August, with temperatures trending above average."
Saturday (August 14) to Saturday (August 28)
The Met Office adds: "Whilst there are current signals of a drier and warmer than average period from the middle of August, occasional spells of more unsettled weather, primarily in the northwest, remains possible.
"Accompanying this is a low risk of short-lived thundery spells, these mainly in southeastern parts.
"Confidence through this period remains low at present. Most should see dry and fine weather, however.
"Above-average temperatures continue to be indicated through the remainder of August, with possibly even very warm conditions at times in southern areas."
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