Too wet, too hot
PUBLISHED: 18:17 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:48 23 August 2010
FORECASTERS are predicting temperatures to soar to as high as 32C (90F) this week, days after freak hailstorms left wintry scenes across parts of north Kent. Experts have now issued a heatwave warning across London and the South East, with Gravesend expe
FORECASTERS are predicting temperatures to soar to as high as 32C (90F) this week, days after freak hailstorms left wintry scenes across parts of north Kent.
Experts have now issued a heatwave warning across London and the South East, with Gravesend expected to hit temperatures not seen since 2006.
But last Saturday, the hot weather brought heavy storms to Dartford, flash flooding roads and leaving parts of the borough covered in a white blanket of hailstones.
Gravesend suffered similar flash floods, but largely escaped the freak ice-storm that bought chaos to motorists only a few miles away.
Heat warnings have now been issued by the Met Office and the Department of Health for people to say safe in the hot weather.
Dave Britton, Met Office forecaster said: "The temperatures in north Kent are expected to peak today and tomorrow, and we could we could see them as high as 31C or 32C.
"We haven't seen temperatures like this since 2006, but as we reach the weekend, things will start to get a bit cooler, with temperatures returning to their mid 20s."
In August 2003 Gravesend briefly entered the record books for the hottest place in Britain at 38.1C. It was beaten later the same day as Faversham recorded a temperature of 38.5C.
The heatwave has prompted NHS West Kent to send out a hot weather warning, and have asked residents check on elderly neighbours and avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm.
Dr Jackie Spiby, NHS West Kent's Director of Health Improvement, said: "We are currently preparing to implement our heatwave plans, which include issuing advice leaflets to patients who attend services and reminding staff to check the temperatures in clinical areas.
"I would advise people to keep cool by staying out of the sun wherever possible and making sure they drink plenty of water.
"If you are worried about your health during a heatwave you should contact your GP, pharmacist or NHS direct for advice."
n Contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or NHS Direct Online at www.nhs direct.nhs.uk for advice about heat exhaustion and heatstroke.