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Kent weather: County set bask in hot temperatures as thunderstorm warning lifted but scattered showers likely

Kent looks set to bask in another day of sunshine as heavy thunderstorms make way for more hot weather.

The Met Office forecasts some long sunny spells across the region today, but scattered heavy and locally thundery showers are likely in the afternoon.

Another very warm or hot day is predicted in the west of the county, but it will be cooler in eastern parts with a maximum temperature of 31C (87.8F).

Any thundery showers are expected to die out in the evening to leave a dry night across the region with long clear spells.

It comes after England reached its hottest temperature of the year yesterday – 32.2C (89.96F) recorded at Heathrow Airport in West London.

Yesterday's hot weather was followed by chaos on the roads and in people's homes as thunderstorms and flooding battered western parts of the county with Swanley, Dartford and Maidstone bearing the brunt.

A huge rainstorm was caught on camera by Marcus Marchant who was at Springhead Industrial Estate in Northfleet when the storm struck.

Flash floods at the A20 at the lights at Quarry Wood yesterday. Picture: Conrad Fry
Flash floods at the A20 at the lights at Quarry Wood yesterday. Picture: Conrad Fry

A flood on the A20 at the Quarry Wood junction in Aylesford, a notorious flooding hotspot, saw people having to move bollards and barriers which had been swept into the road.

In Bearsted, near Maidstone, there were flash floods under the railway bridge in Ware Street.

Rail services ground to a halt as Network Rail warned of two lines blocked between Paddock Wood and Tonbridge due to a fallen tree and between Barming and Maidstone East due to flooding on the line.

Flood warnings will remain in place, however the wet weather is not expected to be as serious as the downpours which saturated parts of the county yesterday.

An amber extreme heat warning remains in place for central and southern England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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