Original article from Kent Live
The past week has seen Kent bask in a final spell of truly summery weather, with highs of 30C recorded across the UK – but forecasters say the heatwave is nearly over.
In fact, Kent's Indian summer won't even survive until the end of the week, as cooler weather and cloudy skies return.
It has been a welcome hot spell – with a drab August continuing a summer marked by low temperatures and high rainfall – but unfortunately the heat is set to disappear by Thursday September 9.
It won't be an abrupt end though – as temperatures will tail off through this afternoon (September 8), resting at 20C overnight.
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Temperatures won't recover from there, though – meaning this evening is probably your last chance to break out the barbecue or enjoy a cool drink in the evening sun.
By 8pm today (September 8), most of Kent will have dipped below the hottest temperature we can expect for a little while – if not for the rest of the year.
In both coastal and inland areas, we'll be unlikely to see higher than the 22C forecast for sunset today again in September.
Conditions will stay warm, though not truly summery, for much of the weekend – hovering around the low 20s – so it's not a total washout just yet.
From there, though, the only way is down.
We will see some rainfall hit Kent as we head into the weekend, with the sun sliding back behind the clouds as we proceed into the weekend.
Though the weekend isn't forecast to be a washout according to the Met Office, the weekend will see solid cloud cover throughout for most of the county, with highs of 21C slowly dropping away to 19C by Monday.
And with that, Kent's last heatwave of 2021 comes to an end – so make the best of this evening's warmth whilst you still can.
5-day Met Office forecast for Kent
A clear, bright day across the region with prolonged sunny spells.
Turning hazy later in the day with scattered cloud developing.
Feeling very warm with light southerly winds. Maximum temperature 29 °C.
Scattered cloud developing during the evening, gradually thickening up overnight with showers in the early hours of the morning.
Mild overnight. Minimum temperature 16 °C.
Showers continuing into the morning, quickly becoming widespread across the area.
These showers may be heavy and thundery at times, continuing until late evening.
Turning cooler, particularly in the west. Maximum temperature 22 °C.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Isolated showers with a low risk of thunder on Friday.
Drier on Saturday with sunny spells.
Cloudy overnight, brightening up again by Sunday afternoon and staying dry.
Temperatures near normal.