Some lovely examples of crepuscular rays were photographed by Weather Watchers on Wednesday morning.
Crepuscular rays are beams of sunlight which pass through gaps in the clouds. Particles in the air such as dust and smoke make the rays more visible.
The sunbeams appear to fan outwards but are actually near parallel. They can be seen during sunrise and sunset as this is when the contrast between light and dark is most obvious; the word crepuscular comes from the Latin 'crepusculum' meaning twilight.
Image caption Alastair photographed amber beams peeking through the clouds in Hinderwell, North Yorkshire
Image caption Jen captured the scene from North Walsham, looking towards Happisburgh Lighthouse and Church
Image caption Bands of white light in Histon, Cambridgeshire, photographed by Geoff
Image caption Morning light fans out over Conisbrough in Doncaster. Photo by Deb
Image caption Seagull captured a peaceful view over Kilkeel, County Down
Image caption Thanks to Mark for posting this shot, taken in Church Broughton, Derbyshire
Image caption It was an ethereal start to the day in Diseworth, Leicestershire. Photo by appegio