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Kent weather: Miserable week ahead as Hurricane Larry brings an end to sunny September

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The gloomy weather that dominated most of summer looks set to return, with more clouds, rain and cold temperatures on their way.

Hurricane Larry has been brewing in the Atlantic ocean and the fallout from the seasonal storm is expected to drive temperatures below 20C – bringing an end to the scorching start to September we saw just a week ago.

Kent will avoid the worst of the rain being dragged over to Europe and the UK – but we'll be seeing some much more autumnal weather over the next week.

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In fact, Kent won't see any persistent sunshine until Wednesday (September 15), and even that glimpse of blue sky won't last for very long.

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Heavy grey cloud cover is expected to blanket the south east for the most part, with an occasional break in the cloud.

Temperatures will be cooler than recent weeks too – as the highs of around 20C forecast by the Met Office are about as good as can be expected.

Meanwhile, night-time will see some positively winterly lows of below 10C, meaning that even if it's pleasant enough in the daytime, we're very definitely headed for chillier times.

In a 10-day forecast, Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said that there will be a "real scrap" between high and low-pressure systems around the UK for most of next week because of an Atlantic hurricane.

He said: "Hurricane Larry in the Atlantic is heading towards Bermuda but is not expected to make landfall and should drift up to the northeastern edge of Canada over the weekend as it transitions from a hurricane to a more typical area of low pressure.

"It is important because it is dragging a lot of warmth and a lot of energy and it will interact with the jet stream. It is likely to push it to the north and will have a significant impact.

"The effect for the UK is that the jet stream is in quite an unusual position which means there is some uncertainty about whether high or low pressure will control things."

He added: "For much of next week [there will be a] battleground of high pressure to the northeast, also high pressure down to the south-west and two lows squeezing in as well.

"One bringing warm and potential thunderstorms. It is a real scrap. At the moment, the high pressure is favoured but there is quite a bit of uncertainty.

"Models run multiple times show high pressure is more probable bringing potential fine weather for much of next week, but there is that low lurking to the south that could throw up showers."

5-day Met Office forecast for Kent

Today:

Although rather cloudy at first, Saturday should be a drier and brighter day than recently overall, with sunny spells and perhaps the odd light shower later. Feeling rather warm and humid once again, especially as the breeze eases. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

Tonight:

Dry overnight, with cloud reforming in places, otherwise allowing some local mist and fog to develop in the light wind. Minimum temperature 9 °C.

Sunday:

Dry for most with some warm sunny spells, after early fog patches disperse. Cloud probably increasing across parts of the far west later, perhaps culminating in some late rain here. Maximum temperature 22 °C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Changeable through this period, with relatively high uncertainty. Perhaps mainly fine Monday, but a risk of rain in the west. Likely staying unsettled hereafter, with further rain and showers.

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