Thousands of lightning strikes and up to 10mm of rain fell across the West Country in just a few minutes overnight, 23-24 July 2019.
Last night saw a break down of Tuesday's heat and humidity in the form of a large area of thundery rain. It arrived across Devon and Cornwall around 10pm and was clear of Gloucestershire by 4am on Wednesday.
During the thunderstorm there was an incredible display of lightning with several flashes captured by many of you.
At its peak the number of strikes was in excess of 10,000 an hour, with a flash almost every second.
Number of lightning strikes per hour at the height of the storm
The lightning itself was interesting because it was almost completely contained within the clouds. Lightning tends to jump between clouds or from the cloud to the ground. Staying within the cloud gave an eerie look to the sky and also meant that the sound of the thunder was quieter and damped, instead of a more typical crack and rumble.
Kellie Ware filmed the thunderstorm in slow motion and was able to capture a stunning display over Bristol.
of rain fell in just a few minutes
The rainfall was short-lived but intense and loud, with 5 to 10mm falling in just a few minutes.
The largest totals were recorded in Plymouth and Little Rissington, Gloucestershire.
It seemed as though the storm was over as soon as it started, leaving things much quieter by morning.
Many of you were ready with your smartphones and cameras to capture the show as it happened. Although mostly the lightning was hidden in the clouds, you managed to catch a 'striking' number of lightning bolts.
A West Country gallery of Tuesday night's thunderstorm
We've got a couple more days of heat and humidity to come, but from Friday we'll see cooler air arriving from the west, which should make things feel much more comfortable as we head into the weekend.