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Published: 14:05, 18 July 2014 |
Updated: 15:20, 18 July 2014
It might be the hottest day of the year, but Kent has today been hit with a severe weather warning... for rain.
Met Office issued the alert for the county ahead of more predicted thundery showers overnight as the county's heatwave continues.
Forecasters say torrential downpours could bring up to 30mm of rain in an hour - as well as frequent lightning, large hail and strong gusts.
The Met Office warned: "Significant flooding is possible from surface water as well as from small, fast-responding watercourses."
Many people across Kent were kept awake in the early hours today with heavy thunder and lightning strikes - including a woman injured in a lightning hit.
And hospital departments are already seeing an increase in conditions caused or exacerbated by the heat, with temperatures set to top 32C in the county today.
Forecasters predict more hot and humid conditions in Kent, with highs of 30C over the weekend.
The new bank of thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the county later, bringing more heavy rain - and likely flash flooding.
The Environment Agency warned people that some drainage systems might not be able to cope with the intense rainfall.
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