WATCH: Dramatic videos and pictures of last night’s thunderstorms in Suffolk

This talented photographer managed to capture lightning and a rainbow above Mersea Island Picture: S

This talented photographer managed to capture lightning and a rainbow above Mersea Island Picture: SHAUN MILLS - Credit: Archant

Suffolk watched on as thunder and lightning swept across the county last night with many capturing footage of the dramatic sight.

There were incredible scenes as hundreds of lightning strikes were seen across the county, with strikes recorded from Ipswich to the Suffolk coast.

While they produced some stunning images, UK Power Networks reported power cuts last night caused by faults in high voltage overhead and underground electricity wires.

Most of the cuts were short-lived, with power returned fairly quickly.

Beautiful sky over Honington in Suffolk Picture: KRISTA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Beautiful sky over Honington in Suffolk Picture: KRISTA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The Met Office had issued a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms from 3pm yesterday following a heatwave which saw the region experience some of its highest temperatures ever.

Beautiful lightning picture over the Chantry estate in Ipswich Picture: GERRY GARDINER

Beautiful lightning picture over the Chantry estate in Ipswich Picture: GERRY GARDINER - Credit: Archant


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A somewhat cooler day is in store today following yesterday's sweltering heat.

Highs of 37.7C were recorded in Writtle near Chelmsford on Thursday - smashing the previous record temperature for Essex of 36.1C which was set at Halstead Brewery in 1932.

Olly Page took this stunning picture of the storm while coaching Felixstowe and Walton versus Branth

Olly Page took this stunning picture of the storm while coaching Felixstowe and Walton versus Brantham - Credit: Archant

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In Suffolk, temperatures approached the record set in 2003 of 37.3C at Cavendish near Sudbury but ended up 1C short at 36.3C in Santon Downham, near Thetford.

Regional forecasters Weatherquest, said Friday's weather would be much cooler than the sweltering temperatures experienced in the last few days.

A spectacular bolt of lightning ove the Suffolk coast as a huge thunderstorm brought an end to the s

A spectacular bolt of lightning ove the Suffolk coast as a huge thunderstorm brought an end to the sultry conditions Picture: ANNALI CHAPMAN - Credit: Archant

Did you capture footage of the evening's storms? Email us or send us footage via Facebook.

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

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

Forked lightning caught on camera in Ipswich Picture: @CURTISBEADLEPHOTOGRAPHY

Forked lightning caught on camera in Ipswich Picture: @CURTISBEADLEPHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Norwich Road in Ipswich experiences the storms Picture: JASON COOPER

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

Residents in Ipswich were given a dramatic lightshow as the thunderstorm struck the region Picture:

Residents in Ipswich were given a dramatic lightshow as the thunderstorm struck the region Picture: @CURTISBEADLEPHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Lightning arrived across Essex this evening Picture: ALEX DUKES

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

Lightning over Suffolk Picture: ALEX EMMA

Lightning over Suffolk Picture: ALEX EMMA - Credit: Archant

Lightning strikes in Ravenswood in Ipswich Picture: DARREN POLLEY

Lightning strikes in Ravenswood in Ipswich Picture: DARREN POLLEY - Credit: Archant

Last night's thunderstorms captured on camera in Ipswich Picture: @CURTISBEADLEPHOTOGRAPHY

Last night's thunderstorms captured on camera in Ipswich Picture: @CURTISBEADLEPHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Amazing picture taken over Honington Picture: KRISTA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Amazing picture taken over Honington Picture: KRISTA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Stunning picture taken over Honington in Suffolk Picture: KRISTA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Stunning picture taken over Honington in Suffolk Picture: KRISTA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Our readers have been sending in their pictures and videos of the lightning strikes last night Pictu

Our readers have been sending in their pictures and videos of the lightning strikes last night Picture: GREG KINGSTON - Credit: Archant

Dramatic lightning picture taken yesterday evening Picture: DEBRA SAWYER

Dramatic lightning picture taken yesterday evening Picture: DEBRA SAWYER - Credit: Archant

Fire crews were called out after receiving reports that two houses had been struck by lightning Pict

Fire crews were called out after receiving reports that two houses had been struck by lightning Picture: NELSON ANDRADE - Credit: Archant

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