Incredible photos capture lightning strike over Hartlepool
These are the incredible photos showing lightning striking over Hartlepool last night.
After days of sunshine and hot temperatures the weather finally broke on Monday, resulting in heavy downpours of rain over much of the region.
And our reader, Steven Ainger, was quick to grab his camera when he spotted lightning flashes in the town's skies, creating these striking images.
But the Met Office says the weather will pick up again for the rest of the week, with Wednesday looking set to be a mainly dry day with sunny spells and a few isolated showers and feeling warm.
While from Thursday to Saturday people can expect it to stay mainly dry and sunny.
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