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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day
  2. Updates on Wednesday 21 June 2017

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  1. The sun sets for another day

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    That's it for us for today, thanks for spending time with us.

    We hope you enjoy the rest of your evening and don't find it too warm for sleeping overnight.

    We'll be greeting the new day from 06:00 BST tomorrow, staying with you all the way through to 22:00.

    If there's anything you think we need to know, or if you have any great pictures of how the heatwave's affecting you, you can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

  2. #ICYMI: Not bad for a first acting job

    Meet the Dartford actress who's just joined the cast of EastEnders.

    Clair Norris bagged the role of stroppy teenager Bernadette Taylor with her first-ever audition.

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    Video caption: Clair Norris joins the cast of Eastenders
  3. Thunderstorms could be coming

    Sarah Keith-Lucas

    Weather presenter

    The heatwave's coming to an end, and it's going to be stormy for some of us.

    Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: the weather with Sarah Keith-Lucas
  4. Sussex MP calls for urgent meeting over 'sex for rent' ads

    The Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, wants immediate action to stop young people being targeted by men offering free accommodation in exchange for sex.

    An exclusive BBC South East investigation highlighted the controversial online adverts earlier this year.

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    Video caption: Peter Kyle wants immediate action
  5. 'It goes like an oven'

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    In the current scorching temperatures it only takes minutes for a car to become a death trap for your dog.

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    Video caption: dog owners are warned how quickly a hot car can become a death trap
  6. ICYMI: Student says podcast is a 'safe space'

    University student Gillian Stringer, who produces her own podcasts, says it provides her with a safe space where she can speak freely.

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    Video caption: Podcast student says she loves Canterbury
  7. Rocking all over the South East

    The scene of a famous Eurovision victory in Sussex, a shopping centre in Maidstone and Woking town centre - the region's musical legends and iconic venues were honoured on BBC Music Day.

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    Video caption: blue plaques to music legends unveiled in Woking, Maidstone and Brighton
  8. Have you got raspberry ripple flavour?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    As the South East continues to swelter, staff at one of the South East's most popular wildlife parks are helping their animals keep cool.

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    Video caption: Lemurs and pigs keep cool and safe in the heat at Drusillas Park
  9. Is it hot enough for you?

    Let us know if you're loving or loathing the heat.

    You can do that on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.

    Here's what people in Gravesend told presenter Rob Smith.

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    Video caption: People in Gravesend enjoy the heatwave
  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M20 Kent westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M20 Kent westbound severe accident, between J8 for A20 Leeds Castle and J7 for A249 Maidstone.

    M20 Kent - One lane closed and slow traffic on M20 London-bound between J8, A20 (Leeds Castle) and J7, A249 (Maidstone), because of an accident involving two cars.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. It's a scorching midsummer's day

    Kate Kinsella

    BBC Weather

    As temperatures hit the thirties again today, the records are tumbling.

    But it's all about to change. Here's my forecast.

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    Video caption: South East weather forecast with Kate Kinsella.
  12. ICYMI: Church's collection of human skulls

    Hamish Mureddu-Reid

    BBC News Online, South East

    Why does a Kent church have a collection of a thousand human skulls?

    Were they pirates or those killed in battle?

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    Video caption: Hythe church's collection of ancient human skulls
  13. North Kent theme park: Local MP's response

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Following the news that a planned £2bn entertainment resort in North Kent won't now be themed after the films of Paramount, Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has issued this statement:

    Quote Message: The main thing for me is not how the park is themed but how the local area will be able to cope with a large development of this nature. The jobs it would bring are very welcome but it has to be approached in the right way. I am due to meet with the project team shortly to discuss all the key issues." from Gareth Johnson MP (Con) Dartford
    Gareth Johnson MP(Con) Dartford
  14. Work begins on coastguard base at Lydd

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    Construction has started on a new base for the coastguard's Search and Rescue helicopters at Lydd Airport.

    The service has operated from the Kent Airport for the past two years.

    The new buildings will be completed next year.

    Around 30 people operate the helicopters.

    RNLI coastguards
  15. This morning's Kent newspaper headlines


    Kent Online: Owner arrested and pet seized after dog left in hot van

    Kent News: Natural England unveils plans to improve footpaths along 36-mile stretch of coast between Whitstable and Iwade

    Kent Live: A person has been hit by a train and its causing rush hour chaos for services into London from Kent