Temperatures will rise well into the 20s in Canterbury over the Bank Holiday weekend, say forecasters.
After a week of changeable weather which saw torrential downpours on Monday and heavy rain on Wednesday, a more settled picture is emerging for the next week.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is forecast for a high of 16C, but it will feel a lot warmer in the afternoon in bright sunshine.
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Temperatures will rise again on Sunday and by Monday it will reach well into the 20s.
One forecaster says it could get as high as 28C in parts of south-east England.
James Madden, of Exacta Weather, said: “Britain can prepare for an extended period of early summer warmth and ample sunshine over the coming weeks and our current indications strongly imply that this will be no flash in the pan warm spell.
“We can expect this to last for at least 10 days or more before any kind of breakdown occurs.
“The southern half of the country can look forward to temperatures consistently hitting the low to mid 20Cs in parts for 10 days or more from later this week.”
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According to the Met Office, Tuesday will also be warm with a forecast of 22C, again feeling even warmer in the sunshine.
The warm weather is due to an area of high pressure which will hang over southern England.
Chris Bulmer, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We can’t promise wall to wall sunshine for everyone this Bank Holiday weekend. However, it’s looking like a most of us will get to see some warm sunshine at times.”