Mansfield woken by early hours thunderstorm amid intense heatwave

The sky turned black and lightning streaked through the night sky over Mansfield as thunderstorms broke the humid weather last night.

Residents across the Nottinghamshire were woken up by the dramatic claps of thunder, and bolts of lightning illuminating the dark night sky.

This picture was taken in Mansfield Woodhouse by Andrew Hayes

This picture was taken in Mansfield Woodhouse by Andrew Hayes

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With temperatures soaring during the day, the torrential downpours that followed brought welcome, if temporary relief from the muggy heat.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather alert warning there could be a storm overnight, which covers the whole of the region and includes most of the UK.

It remains in place until 9am this morning, although the storms appear to have cleared in the Mansfield area.

The storm over Church Warsop last night. Picture: Sarah Shelley

The storm over Church Warsop last night. Picture: Sarah Shelley

Readers have been sending in their pictures and video of last night's storm.

According to the Met Office it is expected to be a humid and hot morning, although the day will dry up and temperatures are set to hit 27°C.

Please send your pictures of the storm to danielle.andrews@jpimedia.co.uk

The storm over Church Warsop last night. Picture: Sarah Shelley

The storm over Church Warsop last night. Picture: Sarah Shelley