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Lightning storm in pictures- your images from across the south

This photo was taken in East Cowes Credit: Jack Backwell

The UK was struck by lightning between 15,000 and 20,000 times as the "mother of all thunderstorms" rolled across southern England overnight.

The skies above Maidstone Credit: Matt Payne

Meridian viewers have been sending us their images of the storm, which stretched from Dorset in the west across the Kent, in the hours before midnight.

Ominous skies over Mudeford Credit: Paul Fox
The view from Eastern Road, Portsmouth Credit: Paul Stevens

"Temperatures overnight did not fall much below 15 or 16 degrees, for the end of May that's a pretty hot and humid night so everything was primed.

"We had some storms coming in from northern France and some building up in the Channel and they sort of spread out and have been working their way in.

"It looks like there was just one huge area of thundery showers that worked across (the south) just before midnight."

– Charlie Powell, Met Office

Flights from Stansted Airport have been disrupted after the fuelling system was damaged by a lightning strike.

There were cancellations and delays after a thunderstorm and lightning strikes overnight.

The fuelling system was repaired on Sunday morning, but passengers were warned to check before travelling.

Big delays at Stansted airport this morning Credit: @andyMurphy73

A Met Office warning of heavy thunderstorms is in place until 6am on Monday, covering much of England and all of Wales.