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Kent weather: Rain and storms to batter Britain following Hurricane Ida

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Kent is set for heavy rain and storms this weekend following Hurricane Ida.

The hurricane hit the US Gulf Coast on Sunday (August 29) and left millions of Americans without power in their homes.

Forecasters from the Met Office have indicated the storm will not reach the UK, but there could be a knock-on effect which will influence the weekend's weather forecast.

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A meteorologist has also suggested a low-pressure system could be "sustained rain" to the country, as the Mirror reports.

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Thunderstorms could hit parts of Kent on Saturday (September 4) as humid air sweeps in from Europe, according to Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge.

Heavy rain and strong winds could also arrive on Sunday (September 5).

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill added September will bring "more rain and wind" than August.

He explained: "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.

"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."

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."

Here's how the coming days will look across Kent.

Rain in Maidstone, Kent

Today

Cloudy start and dry for most. Some cloud breaks developing through the afternoon, most frequent towards the south and east. Best of the sunny spells are likely across Kent and Sussex. Coastal parts remaining breezy however. Maximum temperature 20C.

Tonight

Staying dry overnight. Clear spells will become limited, however, as cloud thickening again, especially across northern parts and after midnight. Minimum temperature 12C.

Thursday

Rather cloudy start but dry. Cloud then breaking and thinning with some brighter intervals, and the odd sunny spell then developing. Best of the sunshine in the southwest. Maximum temperature 22C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Another cloudy start Friday, but brighter spells later. Little change Saturday, although winds strengthening through the day. Dry windy morning Sunday, but scattered showers possible later. Rather cool throughout.

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