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Lightning storms and excellent pictures strike Britain at same time

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Lightning struck Britain 3,000 times last night ahead of what should be the hottest day of the year, and there were some stunning pictures taken across the country:

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The view over Fistral Beach in Cornwall taken by self-confessed atmospheric electricity fanatic Lewis Pinder


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A picture taken in Epsom, Surrey just after 3am (Picture: Stuart Tree)


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The view over Mounts Bay in Cornwall (Picture: Neal Allen)


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Another photo taken at Mounts Bay (Picture: Neal Allen)


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The view over Brighton (Picture: David Gray)


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A picture taken in Broseley, Shropshire (Picture: Mchale Morris)


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The Metropolitan Police Service's helicopter division was forced to stay grounded while the storm hit the capital (Picture: Metropolitan Police)


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Two huge forks of lightning hit a hillside in Cornwall (Picture: Tommy Hatwell)

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