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Kent weather: Met Office issues weather warning for heavy rain and thunder ahead of ‘possible’ heatwave

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It feels as though summer 2021 has been a total washout, with weeks upon weeks of miserable wet weather.

And Kent has been warned to brace for more rain this week, as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for thunderstorms.

Parts of the county will see heavy and thundery downpours throughout today (August 9), with as much as 40mm of rain possible in just a couple of hours.

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The warning came into force at noon and will remain in place until 9pm today.

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The Met Office has warned that heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and travel disruption.

But sunshine and balmy temperatures appear to be heading back to the county, raising hopes that the summer season is not yet over.

The Met Office has teased a possible heatwave, with temperatures expected to soar above average by the end of the month.

Forecasters said that confidence is very low, however the BBC also made a similar prediction.

The yellow thunderstorm warning covers parts of Kent

The forecast for August 23 – September 5 reads: "High pressure is anticipated to arrive at some point in late August, and once it moves in, we should enjoy some more summer-like weather for a time.

"The high will be an extension of the sub-tropical high that lingers near the Azores through summer, so it will bring in some warmer air and sunnier skies.

"As it sits overhead for a few days, temperatures should quickly climb above average.

"This final week of August brings the best chances for high pressure and with it a slight risk of a heatwave.

September is expected to see more cooler, wetter weather develop, but forecasters are unable to accurately predict the timing of the heatwave's departure.

The BBC said that high temperatures could remain into early September, bringing an increased chance of a late-summer heatwave.

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