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Gravesend is hottest place in country as Indian Summer burns across Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:03 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:03 13 September 2016

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Temperatures are expected to stay warm for most of the week

The sweltering sun across Kent has smashed a century-old record as England saw the hottest September day in more than 100 years.

In Gravesend, temperatures reached a blistering 34.4C this afternoon, according to the Met Office.

This makes it warmest day in September since 1911.

The last time temperatures soared above 30C (86F) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5C (87F) on September 11, and the highest September temperature recorded was in 1906 when the mercury hit 35.6C (96.1F) in Bawtry, South Yorkshire.

The south east was put on ‘heatwave level 2 status’ from Monday evening.

This late blast of summer-weather is expected to last for most of this week, with temperatures staying above 19C.

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