Original article from Kent Live
This week's scorching heatwave is about to come to an abrupt end in Kent and the wet weather is due to return with a vengeance.
The scorching highs of up to 30C across the county have seen people flock to the beaches to catch some rays before the sun inevitably disappears again.
And that's exactly what is going to happen on Thursday, when rainstorms from the south west bring the BBQ weather to an abrupt end.
While Kent is set to remain mostly dry on Wednesday, thunder and lightning is predicted to strike on Thursday, bringing the potential of floods and travel chaos.
The forecast promises a dramatic change from today's conditions, as parts of the UK were bathed in warmth of up to 30C.
In a bright start to the official autumn, the Met Office said some areas are edging close to recording a heatwave this week as pupils headed back to school.
But before anyone starts packing up the buckets and spades – meteorologists are warning temperatures are forecast to fall further after predicted storms.
Up to 30-50 mm of rain is set to fall in less than 3 hours in the worst-hit areas, though only a few spots would likely see these totals, the Met Office says.
Temperatures are forecast to drop into the late teens and low twenties across much of the UK by Thursday as the band of rainy weather moves up the country,
Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon told the Mirror temperatures will continue to drop from Thursday.
Conditions should 'settle' by the weekend, but remain cooler with 'chilly' nights in store, he added.
"For the south west, the change is really starting tomorrow with an area of rain and cloud moving in from the south."
Mr Claydon added: "For the rest of the country the change really comes in from Thursday when the rain from the south west moves in toward the East and spreads further across England and Wales.
"So for pretty much everywhere, Thursday will be very rainy and it will be cloudy for the majority."
By the weekend, settled but cooler conditions are set to return to average temperatures expected for this period of September, the spokesman said.
But it's not all doom and gloom for Kent.
According to the Met Office there will be a marked improvement by Saturday, with drier, brighter conditions.
Read the full forecast for Kent from the Met Office below.
This Evening and Tonight:
Dry with long periods of late sunshine, followed by largely clear skies overnight.
Some light winds, leading to a few mist and fog patches. Warm, feeling muggy. Minimum temperature 16 °C.
Another dry and sunny day, feeling again very warm or hot. Some light winds, though breezy in Kent.
Some thundery showers, perhaps heavy, likely in western parts during the evening. Maximum temperature 29 °C.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Rather cloudy with sunny spells and showers, these widespread, occasionally heavy and locally thundery on Thursday and Friday.
A marked improvement on Saturday, with drier, brighter conditions. Less warm.