Lightning storms and excellent pictures strike Britain at same time

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Friday 18 July 2014 12:00

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:

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

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

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

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

The view over Brighton (Picture: David Gray)

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

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

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