Published: 09:01, 16 September 2020
A part of Kent recorded the warmest September temperature in the last four years.
Yesterday's sweltering conditions saw the mercury level rise to 31.3C in Frittenden .
The last time the Met Office recorded a temperature of more than 30C was in 2016, when 34.4C was logged in Gravesend.
A verified heatwave in Kent requires three consecutive days of temperatures of more than 27C.
But while certain areas of the south of England are set to rise above the threshold, Kent is not.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said: “We’ve only had two days so far, so technically we are not in heatwave conditions yet.
"However tomorrow we are forecasting to see temperatures of 27C to 29C across parts of southern and south-east England tomorrow afternoon.
“So by tomorrow, we will then officially classify it as a heatwave for some areas.”
Today, temperatures are set to fall to about 22C in Rochester, Folkestone and Ashford.
Cooler and fresher conditions are predicted for tomorrow and Friday.
Since digital records began in 1961, there had only been six previous years where conditions of 30C or more were recorded in September: 1961, 1973, 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2016.