Gloomy Canterbury this morning

If you think it’s been cold this weekend, brace yourselves…

The gloomy, foreboding sky above the city centre this morning hangs in stark contrast to the mini-heatwave in the latter part of last week and the weekend.

Then temperatures pushed well into the 20s as the city stripped down to t-shirts and shorts and Canterbury’s beer gardens filled, making the wintry weather of just six weeks earlier seem like a distant memory.

Looking forward, the cool weekend is going to be followed by an even colder Monday.

Forecasters predict it dropping as low as 5C tomorrow in the early evening having only been 7C throughout the day.

Last week the Met Office had even given a severe weather warning for the south-east as rain is expected to lash the region.

Rain is forecast for Canterbury throughout tomorrow, Tuesday and on Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to rise no higher than 11C or 12C until the weekend when it will begin to feel warmer again.

Met Office forecaster John West said: “The conditions are likely to hang around in East Anglia, the south-east and central areas throughout Monday.

“There’s some uncertainty about Wednesday’s weather but we are likely to be hit by another area of low pressure, this time from Iceland.”

Canterbury residents looking forward to the three-day Bank Holiday weekend can expect more normal conditions for the time of year.

The Met Office said: “There will be a few drier and sunnier spells, too, particularly in the south from next weekend onwards, although showers are still possible here.

“Temperatures will start off fairly cool, although they will tend to recover gradually to near-normal or even a little above normal in the south.”

Last Thursday, the temperature in London hit 29C, making it the hottest April day since 1949.

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