In Pictures: Lightning pierces UK skies

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image captionThis electric blue sky was pictured over Milton Road in Cambridge

The skies above the UK were lit up by about 48,000 lightning strikes on Tuesday night.

The thunderstorms came ahead of further warm weather with temperatures in London expected to reach 38C on Thursday.

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image captionMultiple lightning bolts over Warwick
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image captionLightning photographed over the English Channel
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image captionLightning was seen over Scarborough, North Yorkshire
image captionA lightning bolt damaged Megan Zahra's bedroom roof
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image captionThe storm passed over the Solent in southern England
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image captionTim Fisher caught this thunderstorm in the Lake District
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image captionSkies in Preston, Lancashire, are seeing purple
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image captionLightning passes over houses in Lee Park, Liverpool


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