WATCH: Spectacular lightning storms roll into Suffolk and Essex

Lightning has also struck Harwich this evening Picture: ALEX DUKES

Lightning has also struck Harwich this evening Picture: ALEX DUKES - Credit: Archant

After some of the hottest temperatures on record huge thunderstorms have broken out across Suffolk and Essex.

Lightning over Suffolk Picture: ALEX EMMA

Lightning over Suffolk Picture: ALEX EMMA - Credit: Archant

The Met Office has had a yellow warning for thunderstorms in place since 3pm on Thursday afternoon.

The storms come after the region experienced some of it's hottest temperatures ever.

In Essex the mercury has hit 37.7C in Writtle near Chelmsford, breaking an almost 80-year-old record for the county.

In Suffolk Santon Downham was deemed the warmest part of the county at 36.3C.

Lightning arrived across Essex this evening Picture: ALEX DUKES

Lightning arrived across Essex this evening Picture: ALEX DUKES - Credit: Archant

Have you captured the storms tonight? Send us you pictures on Facebook or via email.

Norwich Road in Ipswich experiences the storms Picture: JASON COOPER

Norwich Road in Ipswich experiences the storms Picture: JASON COOPER - Credit: Archant

The storms followed the hottest day this year Picture; ALEX DUKES

The storms followed the hottest day this year Picture; ALEX DUKES - Credit: Archant

A fork of lightning in Suffolk Picture: JAMES HADLEY

A fork of lightning in Suffolk Picture: JAMES HADLEY

Lightning over Suffolk as a huge thunderstorm brought the sultry summer conditions to an abrupt end

Lightning over Suffolk as a huge thunderstorm brought the sultry summer conditions to an abrupt end Picture: LEE PAGE - Credit: Archant


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