Kent weather: Met Office warns of a ‘Spring shock’ as county set for thunderstorm and hail

PUBLISHED: 09:16 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 26 April 2017

After the warm weather of late, this will come as a shock

After the warm weather of late, this will come as a shock

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The temperature will stay cold for the rest of the week

The weather is set to turn very cold today, bringing with it thundery showers and hail, the Met Office has warned.

An arctic maritime airmass is spreading southwards across the whole country. Spring has been dry and relatively warm so far with the UK mean temperature for the first half of April 1.1 °C above the long term average.

Andy Page, Chief Meteorologist said: “It will certainly feel colder in the wake of the cold front moving south across the UK today, with wintry showers.”

Showers will take place thoughout the day across the east where some will be heavy and possibly thundery with hail. The maximum temperature will be 12 °C.

Tonight showers will dry out leaving clear sky which will allow widspread frost to form, with the minimum temperature being -3 °C.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “It is the threat – and unpredictability – of the wintry showers that will potentially frustrate drivers’ travel plans. Hail, and sleet can all make driving conditions treacherous so the best advice is to check the weather forecast before setting out and be prepared for a longer journey, especially if you are travelling any great distance.

“If you’re faced with an iced-up car this week, don’t be tempted to quickly boil the kettle to clear it – scalding water can cause windscreens to crack, so always use a proper de-icer spray.”

Tomorrow will have a cold, dry, start but cloud will thicken with scattered showers likely to develop, but some drier spells are possible during the afternoon.

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