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Huge storm hits the East Midlands

David Pittam

BBC News Online

Well, what a night!

There were dramatic scenes across the East Midlands as a lightning storm hit the region, bringing heavy rain and thunder in the early hours.

Lightning
John Bradburn

In case you somehow slept through it (or just really love pictures of lightning because let's face it, who doesn't?), we've put together some of your shots.

They were taken in Buxton, Nottingham, Coalville and Hinckley.

Lightning
Kingy
Lightning
Neal Photography

Take any great snaps yourself? Let us know by contacting us on Twitter or Facebook.

Lightning
Sammy

Animals keeping cool in baking temperatures

Nick Smith

BBC News Online

Attractions have been working hard to keep animals cool as the temperatures rise.

White Post Farm
White Post Farm

These two are tucking into an icy fruit treat at White Post Farm in Farnsfield, near Newark.

Sally
Stonebridge City Farm

Sally, a Golden Gurnsey goat, is looking very stylish in her sunhat at Stonebridge City Farm in Nottingham.

Pierre
Stonebridge City Farm

Also at Stonebridge, Pierre the rabbit is keeping cool with a frozen water bottle in his hutch.

Watch: Water given out as passengers faint on halted train

Gavin Bevis

BBC News

Passengers began fainting when a train was halted in Newark during sweltering conditions this afternoon.

A problem with overhead power lines meant the LNER service was stopped for more than an hour with no air-conditioning.

Staff opened carriage doors and handed out bottled water to passengers on the train.