Readers have been sending in dramatic pictures and video footage of the early-morning storm which rocked Derbyshire.
Spectacular displays of lightning, rumbles of thunder and heavy downpours rocked hit the county for about an hour from 2.30am – waking hundreds of residents up.
The dramatic weather followed above-average temperatures yesterday.
East Midlands Ambulance Service said its paramedics dealt with 22 road crashes between midnight and 8am.
Flooding and debris were reported on some roads across the county following the storm.
It is very warm today with temperatures expected to reach 26C.
Earlier this week, Britain basked in the hottest July day on record.