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Massive lightning storms hit UK

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These stunning lightning shows were taken in Blackburn, Edinburgh and Clitheroe in Lancashire.

Take a look at these incredible videos of lightning displays across the UK on Wednesday night.

Yesterday was the hottest July day on record.

BBC weatherman Simon King says there were 36,000 lightning flashes in 24 hours from 8am on Wednesday to 8am Thursday morning.

Here are some more dramatic images taken last night.

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Amazing video of lightning in Manchester
Lightning in County DurhamJennifer Gallimore
Lightning in County Durham
Ellington in CambridgeshirePhil Soden
Lightning over Ellington in Cambridgeshire
Lightning in the clouds over Oldham in Greater ManchesterMark Mayhew
Lightning in the clouds over Oldham in Greater Manchester