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Storms hit the south - Your pictures

Spectacular lightning lit up the night sky across much of the south last night as storms rolled in amid a prolonged heatwave.

Thunder and heavy downpours struck the south coast overnight.

The Met Office said the 34-hour period to 10am Thursday saw 19,525 lightning strikes across the UK.

On Wednesday, the highest temperature recorded was 36.7C (98.1F) at Heathrow, breaking the record for a July day, while many other places broke the 30C (86F) mark.

Lightning strike in Bearsted Credit: Gary Neave
The storm overlooking Bournemouth Pier Credit: Mark Pelleymounter
Lightning hits near Bournemouth Pier Credit: Mark Pelleymounter
Storms light up the sky in Uckfield Credit: Sean Inman

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Police rescue dog left in car during heatwave

Police in Kent have rescued a dog after its owner left it in a car during the heatwave.

The RSPCA said the dog was rescued in Canterbury.

Meanwhile officers were called to another address in Canterbury to rescue a dog locked in a conservatory.

The charity is warning that dogs can be killed if left cars and has issued the following advice.

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