Original article from Kent Live
Kent may not be set to bask in the heatwave that was predicted for the August Bank Holiday weekend, as hopes of a final hot blast to round out the British summer fade away.
But just because there won't be mid-20 highs and nationwide sun doesn't mean all hope is lost, though – and large parts of Kent are set for a final breath of summer before we head into autumn.
It won't be sun all across the county unfortunately – and some areas might miss out entirely – but warm temperatures can be expected, and most of the county will stay dry.
The forecast clears up significantly looking further down the line – with higher chances of sunny spells coming onto the forecast the further we move into next week.
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These predictions are based on a combination of forecasts from Accuweather and the Met Office.
Ashford is set for a very grey day this bank holiday Monday, though today (29 August) will see brilliant sun throughout the day.
Ashford should stay dry throughout the morning, before enjoying some sunny spells in the afternoon starting at 3pm.
These will carry on until around 7pm – with highs of 20C making for a pleasant, if not properly summery bank holiday.
Canterbury will also enjoy a day of brilliant sun today, before heading into a slightly drearier Monday morning.
Highs of 19C will be coupled with a few much-needed spells of sunshine that can be expected to break through grey skies in mid-afternoon.
Two spells of sun can be expected – from 3pm-4pm, and from 5pm-6pm, meaning anyone in Canterbury might want to plan for a cloudier afternoon than originally forecast.
Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester
The Medway towns will sadly enjoy very little joy this bank holiday weekend – as Monday will remain almost entirely overcast.
Rochester, Gillingham and Chatham can expect a bright and warm Sunday – with highs of 21C, but by the time evening rolls around, cloud cover will arrive and will be very much here to stay.
The next prolonged period of sun won't come until much later next week – arriving on the afternoon of Friday, September 3.
Dartford will be warmer than much of Kent – but that's about it.
In fact, the northwest Kent town will hardly see any sun on Sunday either, with highs of 22C, followed by highs of 21C on Monday.
Sun won't return to this part of Kent until Friday, if then, but temperatures will remain in the low twenties all week, making for a warm start to autumn.
At the other end of the county, Dover is set for a terrible start to the bank holiday – with heavy grey clouds and even the risk of rain emerging from 8am until midday.
The weather will be cool too, sitting at 19C, but this will all change by the afternoon.
Dover and nearby Deal should see three hours of late-afternoon sunshine kicking off at 4pm, before heading into a cloudy week to end summer on the coast.
Faversham and Sittingbourne
Faversham and nearby Sittingbourne will see very similar conditions through the weekend – with the familiar story of radiant sunshine today being clouded out by cloud cover by the evening.
Monday will see some mid-afternoon sun from 3pm, but this will also extend further into the week with a sunny Tuesday being very much on the cards.
Folkestone will kick off the bank holiday with early morning rain and heavy cloud cover that will hang around throughout the day, only breaking to let a little sunshine through by 6pm.
Highs of 21C today and 20C tomorrow (Monday) make this a slightly easier pill to swallow, but much like Dover, Kent's south east coast is set for a disappointing bank holiday.
Gravesend is set to see some of the hottest weather in Kent today, with highs of 22C coupled with sun and very little risk of rain.
Monday will be more overcast however, and though warm temperatures will stick around, no sun will break through according to the met office.
Herne Bay will, like much of Kent, have a lovely day today, with uninterrupted sunshine and highs of 19C until mid-afternoon.
Unfortunately for the north coast town, this won't stick around until Monday.
Highs of just 18C and day-long cloud cover will see a drab and grey bank holiday roll through Herne Bay.
However, looking ahead into the week, temperatures will pick up and some sunshine will break through on Tuesday – so not all is lost.
Maidstone will be one of the warmest parts of Kent, with above-average highs of 22C to be expected today alongside a day of clear skies and sun.
This heat will hang around into Monday, with highs of 21C pairing with stable weather that won't see too much sun, but will be pleasant enough without the risk of rain.
A glimpse of sunshine can be expected at 6pm, making for the perfect moment to go for a late-afternoon walk, with more sunshine to break through on Tuesday.
Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs
Thanet is set to be in for the coolest weather across Kent, without much sunshine to balance out the low temperatures.
18C highs are expected into Monday, with little chance of sun – although glimpses could be expected between 5pm and 7pm.
There's very little chance of rain though – outdoor plans that don't rely so much on sunshine will be ideal.
Sevenoaks will see moderate weather this bank holiday – with sunny spells today (August 29) giving way to light cloud cover throughout Monday.
19C will make for a comfortable, if not overly warm bank holiday, but unlike some areas of Kent there's little to no sunshine forecast for Sevenoaks.
Sheerness and Sheppey are in for a drab bank holiday, but there will be some truly brilliant sunshine throughout today.
Cloud cover will roll in at around 7pm today, with grey skies forecast across the Monday bank holiday.
Highs of 19C and lows of 15C mean the Isle of Sheppey will stay temperate and comfortable throughout – but it's nothing to write home about on the weather front.
Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells and nearby Tonbridge will be caught in the same drab weather set for many central areas of Kent this bank holiday, but can expect some warmer temperatures to enjoy in spite of the cloud cover.
Highs of 21C today will be coupled with day-long sunshine, whilst the bank holiday Monday will see highs of 20C, in spite of heavy cloud cover for much of the day.