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Met Office says 'brace yourselves for heavy rain'

Flooding in Yalding
Flooding in Yalding

Severe weather is due to hit Kent as the county braces itself for heavy rain.

Met Office forecasters said downpours are on their way before the Bank Holiday weekend.

Rain is likely across the whole of the south until Friday.

But the weather is set to improve by the weekend, with bright spells and warmer temperatures expected.

Kent Police are urging motorists to travel with caution as heavy rain is due across the county throughout the afternoon.

Drivers are being urged to drive according to the conditions to prevent incidents on the county's roads.

Rain is moving across the county so drivers who set out in dry weather might find themselves driving through heavy rain later in their journeys.

Chief Inspector Nicola Faulconbridge, from Kent Police's Force Contact and Control Centre, said: "I can't stress how important it is for drivers to adjust their driving according to the conditions they are facing.

"Reduce your speed and increase the distance between yourself and the car in front of you as stopping distances can double in wet weather.

"If drivers go through deep puddles they should also test their brakes afterwards to check they are still suitably effective.

"The heavy rain is forecast to continue for the rest of the day so our plea to drivers is to take care to ensure both their own safety, and that of other motorists."

Road users are also advised to check for road and weather updates prior to setting off on their journeys.

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