Published: 08:10, 24 July 2021
| Updated: 11:01, 24 July 2021
Brace yourself for a day of hot temperatures and thunderstorms as the Met Office warns of disruption this weekend - with some areas already seeing flooding due to heavy rain.
After a warning for strong winds yesterday, it has put a yellow weather warning in place for across the county for thunderstorms until 10pm on Saturday evening.
That means there could be disruption and flooding bringing delays or cancellations to public transport, power cuts and the chance of hail.
But there will be some respite between the showers.
The Met Office forecast says: "A band of heavy, thundery rain will clear northwards through the morning, with the strong winds easing. This will be followed by sunny spells before locally torrential showers or thunderstorms break out through the afternoon.
"It will be feeling warm in any sunshine, and humid too with maximum temperatures of 26 °C."
The heavy, thundery showers are expected to ease through the night, but it will remain warm and muggy "for most".
Sunday is expected to see more of the same.
New Romney has seen flooding this morning, while a tree has fallen onto railway tracks in Bexleyheath resulting in Southeastern operating a replacement bus service between Dartford and Lewisham.
Kent County Council (KCC) has issued safety advice for travellers, this includes checking your route before you leave, allowing extra time, packing car essentials and checking your vehicle.
Operation Brock contraflow between junctions 8 and 9 on the M20 has also been put in place as more people are expected to leave for 'get aways' this weekend.
By separating freight and passenger vehicles, the Brock scheme helps ensure everyone keeps moving, even when traffic volumes are high.
The barrier will be removed as soon as the risk of disruption eases.
In turn, KCC’s Highways Director and Kent Resilience Forum Strategic Planning Lead Simon Jones said it was key anyone taking to the road, even for a short trip, took their own steps to be prepared in case of delays.
Mr Jones said: “It is important at this time that anyone choosing to use Kent’s roads plans their route, makes sure they are prepared for journeys to be longer than expected and stays in touch with the latest traffic and travel information.”
It comes after flash flooding hit parts of central Kent earlier this week, with monsoon-like conditions turning roads into rivers in moments.
Temperatures have also soared across the county, nudging towards 30C.