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Met Office predicts whole day of rain and heavy thunderstorms to hit Kent

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Britain's official weather forecaster has predicted an entire day of rain and thunderstorms to hit Kent this weekend.

The Met Office has forecast more unsettled over the next few days.

Heavy thunderstorms and persistent rain is expected throughout the day on Saturday (August 7).

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The outlook for Kent's county town of Maidstone is currently for thunderstorms at lunchtime.

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Showers are also expected either side of them in the morning and evening.

The forecast for the preceding days isn't much better either, with several bouts of rain predicted.

The Met Office's outlook for Maidstone on Saturday August 7

They could arrive as early as midday today (August 4) before drying up soon after.

Then there could be more showers on Thursday evening, and throughout the day on Friday.

The BBC's forecast for Maidstone on Saturday August 7

In more positive news, several forecasters are now expecting a prolonged period of warmer weather later in the month.

New weathers pinpoint August 15 and 16 as the days it is likely to arrive.

The outlook in the short term though is for more of the same.

Met Office meteorologists' forecast for Thursday says: "After a fine bright start to the day with light winds, cloud will increase through the morning as the breeze freshens.

"Showers developing through the afternoon some heavy or thundery. Maximum temperature 20 °C."

And for Friday to Sunday: "Sunny spells and showers each day with a risk of thundery downpours on Friday.

"Becoming breezier. Temperatures a little below normal. Some parts staying dry Saturday and Sunday."

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