Kent's changing climate

Climate change is already affecting Kent.

In the Kent Environment Strategy, we recognise the need to better understand the impacts of climate change and take action.

Kent has increased vulnerability to climate change due to its long coastline, diverse natural environment, strong economy and high population density. However, these features also provide increased opportunity.

The Climate Change Risk and Impact Assessment for Kent and Medway (CCRiA) was produced in 2019. It describes the changes Kent might face, as well as the potential risks to Kent’s society, economy and environment.

Kent’s future climate

Based on the Met Office's UK Climate Projections (UKCP) for the south east, by 2080:

  • summers are likely to be hotter by around 5°C to 6°C
  • winters are likely to be warmer by around 3°C to 4°C
  • summer rainfall is likely to decrease by 30% to 50%
  • winter rainfall is likely to increase by 20% to 30%
  • sea level rise is likely to increase by 0.8m.

To find out more about how Kent's climate may change, visit the Met Office's UKCP web page.

Kent’s climate risks

In Kent, the climate change effects likely to have the greatest impact are:

  • high temperatures
  • flooding and coastal change
  • more storms and heavy rainfall
  • drought
  • soil erosion.

Impacts of climate change

Some of the highest priority impacts of climate change will likely include an increase in:

  • the loss or reduction of agricultural land
  • summer tourism
  • plant and animal disease
  • habitat loss
  • overheating in homes and public buildings
  • flooding of homes and businesses
  • disruption on the travel and transportation networks.

To learn more about global climate change, visit the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Contact us

To ask about what we are doing about climate change in Kent, email climate.change@kent.gov.uk.