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Thunderstorms, rain and flooding return to county after heatwave

Bad weather has returned to the county after a scorching heat wave and sun – and things could get worse today.

Kent is preparing to be battered by high winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms later.

Thunderstorms were forecast for Kent today

It comes after residents of the county experienced temperatures near 40 degrees over the past month.

After two heat waves, multiple grass and forest fires, and a declared drought, we now expect a much colder and wetter environment.

This morning the Met Office issued an orange thunderstorm warning over Kent from 11am-10pm tonight and warned it could cause flooding and disruption.

Flooding of homes and businesses is said to be likely and could happen quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning, hail or high winds.

Weather experts have also told people to expect rapid or deep floodwaters that could be life threatening, delay public transport and make driving conditions difficult.

There are also likely to be power outages and the loss of other services and some communities could be cut off if roads are flooded.

An orange thunderstorm warning is in place in Kent today.  Photo: Met Office
An orange thunderstorm warning is in place in Kent today. Photo: Met Office

Although the orange warning has been placed over the county, some locations will miss the sudden downpours that are expected to slowly die out tonight.

On Monday the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for lightning and flooding which was in place until 10am today.

Despite the predicted onslaught of rain, it is still likely that the UK will face dry conditions until October.

Some people in Cliffe have already experienced some bad weather this week after hail and rain battered the village due to extremely hot and dry weather.

Describing the ordeal as “the apocalypse” as hail and rain poured down residents’ windows, footage of water flowing rapidly down the street was also captured.

Lauren Gould, of Pond Hill, Cliffe, said: “It was a complete surprise and the marble-sized hailstones worried me.

Giant hailstones were found at Cliffe after the storm.  Photo: Teri Ella Graham
Giant hailstones were found at Cliffe after the storm. Photo: Teri Ella Graham

“I thought the windshields of our cars were going to crack.

“Luckily the hail didn’t last long, but as you can see we had enough rain to create a small river.”

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