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Saharan 'heat bubble' coming to Kent

ByRebecca Tuffin

Kent is set to be a scorcher as a Saharan "heat bubble" hits the county this weekend.

We will see sweltering temperatures of up to 32C in some areas, in stark contrast to the torrential rain, storms and floods over the past couple of weeks.

Get the sun cream ready as Maidstone and Ashford are among the Kent towns which will be even hotter than Lisbon in under 48 hours.

A heatwave is due to roll in from the west of England, with a level 2 heat warning issued by the Met Office.

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Temperatures are expected to reach 31C in Kent this weekend
Temperatures are expected to reach 31C in Kent this weekend

It comes as thousands of people will be attending events across Kent this weekend to mark Armed Forces Day.

The Met Office is predicting temperatures of 32C on Saturday.

Here is how hot it will be where you live this weekend:

Ashford

Saturday 29C, Sunday 23C

Broadstairs

Saturday 26C, Sunday 23C

Canterbury

Saturday 29C, Sunday 24C

Chatham

Saturday 30C, Sunday 24C

Dartford

Saturday 30C, Sunday 24C

Deal

Saturday 25C, Sunday 22C

Dover

Saturday 26C, Sunday 22C

Faversham

Saturday 29C, Sunday 23C

Folkestone

Saturday 27C, Sunday 22C

A Saharan "heat bubble" is hitting Kent
A Saharan "heat bubble" is hitting Kent

Gillingham

Saturday 29C, Sunday 24C

Gravesend

Saturday 30C, Sunday 24C

Herne Bay

Saturday 28C, Sunday 23C

Hythe

Saturday 27C, Sunday 23C

Malling

Saturday 30C, Sunday 23C

Maidstone

Saturday 32C, Sunday 24C

Margate

Saturday 27C, Sunday 23C

Ramsgate

Saturday 25C, Sunday 22C

Sandwich

Saturday 26C, Sunday 23C

Sevenoaks

Saturday 28C, Sunday 22C

Sheerness

Saturday 28C, Sunday 23C

Sittingbourne

Saturday 29C, Sunday 23C

Tenterden

Saturday 28C, Sunday 22C

Tonbridge

Saturday 29C, Sunday 23C

Tunbridge Wells

Saturday 28C, Sunday 22C

Whitstable

Saturday 30C, Sunday 23C

If you're heading to the beach, there are several ways you can protect yourself from sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration.

The NHS advises to drink plenty of fluids, wear loose, cool clothing and a hat and keep up to date with forecasts.

Temperatures could reach 32C in Kent this weekend. Picture: The Met Office
Temperatures could reach 32C in Kent this weekend. Picture: The Met Office

The Met Office added: "There can be serious health consequences from too much heat and vulnerable groups are particularly at-risk in prolonged hot spells."

Warm weather also brings fears of worsened symptoms for asthma and hay fever suffers.

How to stay safe in the hot weather
How to stay safe in the hot weather

This is because dry, hot conditions allows for the rise in pollen count.

Babies and older people need to be most careful of sun exposure and should be extra cautious as the temperatures sore.

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Sunday will be a slightly cooler 24C, on average.

For all the forecasts, warnings and weather related news, click here.

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