DERBYSHIRE: Heatwave ends with a bang

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The heatwave ended with a bang this week as violent thunderstorms struck Derbyshire.

For the past three weeks, folk have been enjoying a real taste of summer with the mercury rising to almost 30C.

But thunder, lightning and heavy rain battered the county on Monday night and into Tuesday – signalling an end to the longest heatwave in nearly 40 years.

Derbyshire Times readers took to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to share their pictures and stories of the stormy weather.

See some of the snaps – taken by Josh Burrow, Steve Skinner and Nick Rhodes – by clicking the above link.

Maria Ann Moss said: “There was some good lightning.”

Craig Twelves commented: “I stood watching it and there were some spectacular displays of forked lightning.”

Kelly Harper said: “There was some loud thunder and fantastic lightning.”

Rowan Hudson commented: “I was awake at 5.20am thanks to thunder and so was my little one.

“Luckily enough I love storms so I threw open my curtains to watch.

“It was amazing!”

And Andy Liston added: “I didn’t have to wash my car!”

Weather forecasters said that the storms were caused by Atlantic air clashing with humid air.

They added that the rest of the week will include cooler temperatures with continuing showers and thunderstorms.

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