Stunning pictures as lightning lights up UK skies

18 July 2014 Last updated at 13:12 BST

Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded across the UK on Thursday night and Friday morning; and they produced some stunning photographs...
Three bolts of lightning hitting the sea
Thousands of lightning strikes were recorded across the UK on Thursday night and Friday morning. The storms arrived on UK shores from the south - and Richard Boll took this photograph of lightning striking the English Channel off Hove in Sussex.
Lightning striking Canary Wharf at night
Many people in London took pictures of the lightning. Justin Stokes photographed this amazing scene over Canary Wharf.
A lightning strike. A wire fence can be seen in the foreground
Lightning struck lots of locations in the south of England. Adam Sprague took this picture in St Austell, Cornwall.
A fork of lightning in the sky at night
Jon Gopsill took this picture of lightning over Bristol in the early hours of Friday morning.
Lightning seen over houses at night
Adrian Howell photographed the lightning over Frome in Somerset.
Lightning seen over houses at night
The storms moved north during the night, and Derek Liversidge took this image at Calne in Wiltshire.
Lightning strikes several buildings at once in Gloucester
Chris Stretton captured the moment lightning struck several buildings at once in Gloucester.
Lightning seen over Crawley, West Sussex
Steven Shears took this picture of the skies over Crawley, West Sussex.