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Kent weather: Met Office sets exact date sunshine will return after underwhelming bank holiday

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Kent is set for a handful of days of proper sunshine this week after a drab, grey, and disappointing bank holiday weekend.

It has been a summer defined by underwhelming weather for Kent, with long-term forecasts often predicting sunny spells and heatwaves that failed to materialise.

However, the most recent predictions for the next patch of sunny and warm weather aren't so long-term – as Kent is set to bask in brilliant sunshine by the end of this week.

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Forecasts from the Met Office have set the date for sunshine to return as Friday, September 3, with Saturday being set to be even better, with some parts of the county getting away without so much as a cloud in the sky.


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Until then, the outlook for the week is much of the same: middling temperatures in the high teens, accompanied by mostly cloud cover, with few glimpses of blue sky for the south east.

However, by midday on Friday, sun should begin to break through, hitting a comfortable 20C by 4pm, with cloud clearing by the evening to make for a summery end to the working week.

Saturday will be, for much of Kent, a day of perfect sunshine with very few clouds in the sky, if any, though north-western areas like Dartford and Gravesend could see more cloud cover than the rest of the county.

Alex Burkill, a Met Office forecaster, said: "It's fair to say the beginning of the month will be rather settled, with high pressure dominating.

"There will be drizzle and cloud in the east this week, but in the west certain regions will certainly hit the low 20s and see glimpses of sunshine here and there.

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"However, this could perhaps be the last of the summery weather until the end of September, with a prolonged spell of unsettled conditions and low pressure from Sunday.

Mr Burkill warned that September is likely to see "more rain and wind" than in August, which was wetter than average in parts of the South East and London.

He went on to say: "The low-pressure, along with the increased tropical storm activity across the Atlantic will certainly give the month a more autumnal- feel than previous years.

"The temperature is likely to remain around the average for the year, perhaps dipping a bit cooler until the end of the month – when it may well get drier again."

Today

Another cloudy start with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle during the morning.

Drier with some bright or sunny spells developing in the afternoon.

Warmest along the south coast. Maximum temperature 21 °C.

Tonight

A partly cloudy evening with bright intervals.

Remaining mostly dry away from coasts where outbreaks of drizzle remain possible.

Becoming increasingly cloudy overnight as light rain and drizzle spread westwards. Minimum temperature 15 °C.

Wednesday

Another cloudy start with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle in the north.

Becoming largely dry with brief brighter spells in the afternoon.

Cloud thickening again later. Maximum temperature 20 °C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday

Mainly fine and dry with variable cloud and some sunny spells.

Pleasant in any sunshine, but cool underneath the cloud and along the coast, with onshore breeze.

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