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Kent could soon bask in sunshine once again as a heatwave looks set to arrive later this month.

Forecasters at the Met Office have predicted that the end of August is likely to be warmer than usual, increasing hopes of an end to the prolonged washout.

However, they have warned that it is still too early to get your hopes up.

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In its latest long-term forecast, the Met Office indicates that a change to more settled weather is "likely", as the Mirror reports.

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Their forecast for the period between August 21 and September 4 says: "Although confidence is very low through this period, a general trend towards more settled conditions is likely.

"Somewhat unsettled and changeable conditions are most likely to remain in place at the start of the period, with these looking to give way to more settled, drier conditions by the end. Temperatures are likely to be above average, with the potential for hotter weather later in the month."

Weather Outlook forecaster Brain Gaze said "very hot pattern" could emerge across the UK in the coming weeks – but warned that it is still uncertain.

He wrote on Twitter : "Europe setting up a potentially very hot pattern towards the end of the 10 day run.

"The first half [of August] will see mixed with showers or longer periods of rain but also warm and fine spells.

"The driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means local variations could be large."

The BBC also suggest it's too early to tell if we are due a new heatwave, but said there's a chance one could develop.

In its latest update, covering the period from August 16 to 29, it says: "As high pressure slowly pushes northward from the Mediterranean Sea, low pressure systems caught in the storm track and driven by the jet stream will be deflected northward too.

"Drier weather should spread in from the south, and this will also bring in a warmer, more tropical air mass to the UK.

"Temperatures should trend warmer than normal into late August, with some very warm or hot days possible if high pressure moves overhead for too long. If the high does linger overhead, a heat wave may develop as well, but confidence is low on this.

"Chances for heat increase later in the month, but high pressure will need to move into the correct spot for this to pan out."

Temperatures are expected to be slightly warmer across Kent today, reaching highs of 22C in some parts.

This is set to increase to 23C by Tuesday (August 10) before a dry end to the week which will include sunny spells.

Here's how the next few days look across Kent.

Margate in the sunshine

Today:

A cloudy start with most parts seeing outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy and rather thundery. Cloud breaking to allow some brightness through the morning with rain turning to showers. These heavy with thunder in places. Maximum temperature 22C.

Tonight:

Showers may continue across some areas well into the evening before probably turning isolated after midnight with clear spells developing. Dry later with light winds. Minimum temperature 11C.

Tuesday:

After a bright start Tuesday will start fine with sunshine. Cloud building by the afternoon with a chance of an isolated shower. Thicker cloud may affect Channel coasts. Light winds. Maximum temperature 23C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Wednesday will be dry, with sunshine and light winds. Thursday bright with some sunny spells. Showers possible later. Friday rather more breezy with sunshine and probably remaining dry.

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