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Kent suffers August hailstones

By KentOnline reporter

Parts of Kent have been battered by hailstones at the start of what is traditionally the sunniest month of the year.

Residents across the country have reported experiencing sunshine, rain, hail and then sunshine again in the space of a few hours, as temperatures have remained at around 20C.

It caused havoc with outdoor events, including the Sheppey Pirates Festival, with a sudden downpour causing spectators to run for cover.

There has also been thunder and flashes of lightening in Sittingbourne.

Spectators trying to flee a downpour at the Sheppey Pirates festival. Picture: John Nurden

While July is the hottest month of the year in Kent, August tends to have the most daily sunshine.

Forecasters say it will be dry and bright tonight with temperatures at around 13C.

It is expected to be sunny and dry tomorrow.

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