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Kent weather: Met Office hints at Indian summer with late September heatwave

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Original article from Kent Live

Kent's summer might not quite be over just yet – at least according to the nation's weather forecasters.

We've basked in some positively gorgeous conditions over the past week, with clear skies and high temperatures giving a much-deserved taste of summer after a miserable June, July and August.

The heat hit almost 30C; people flocked to beaches to soak in the sun; summer went out on a high note.

Read more: Pictures show Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs beaches rammed as people enjoy 'last day' of Kent heatwave

However, with thunderstorms forecast most think this will be the last sunshine we see in 2021 with "rain and instability" to follow.

But hopes of an Indian Summer are rising fast with the end of September is already looking hotter than anything we saw in August.

The Met Office say we shouldn't stick our sunglasses in the back of the drawer just yet.

In around two weeks time a surge in temperatures appears to be on the cards.

A spokesperson told Mirror Online: "After a very warm few days, the outlook changes and we will see more mild conditions as things again become a little unsettled.

"We expect that theme to continue, but towards the end of the month there is a signal that the warmer weather will return."

Light showers are expected everywhere by September 12 but that doesn't mean the warm weather is done for the year.

This month looks to be a calmer and more settled month than the two that proceeded it.

The summer is one of the most miserable for a decade, statistics reveal.

Total hours of sunshine across the country were at their lowest since 2012, data shows.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “This summer has certainly been unremarkable and pretty bland. It’s not going to be remembered for warmth.

“We’ve had flooding, some parts of the country have seen double their average rainfall, and temperatures have been average.”

Thunderstorms are expected to descend on the south-west,

Jim Dale, a forecaster at British Weather Services, fears the change of pressure could cause extreme weather conditions.

Flash flooding, hail and storms could be coming before long.

He told the Express : "There will be thunderstorms from Wednesday and Thursday this week.

"From Thursday, the scattered thunderstorms are likely to become more widespread in England and Wales.

"Low pressure from the south will push the high ridge of hot air away by the end of the week, which could cause flash flooding, hail, storms and even mini-tornadoes if you're really unlucky.

"So people should be prepared if they are planning to walk in the park with a t-shirt on."

5-day Met Office forecast for Kent

Today:

A bright and sunny day with isolated showers developing from late morning, these most frequent towards the west along with a low risk of thunder. Cooler than yesterday but still feeling warm. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

Tonight:

Any remaining showers will quickly ease this evening leaving a clear night. Feeling warm and muggy overnight particularly near the coasts. Minimum temperature 16 °C.

Friday:

A mostly cloudy day with scattered showers across the region, these heavy at times with a low risk of thunder. Some sunny spells, particularly into the evening as showers ease. Maximum temperature 21 °C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:

More settled over the weekend and Monday with scattered cloud and plenty of sunny spells, staying dry for most. Warm on Saturday then turning cooler.

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