Great tentacles of lightning whipped across the Bury St Edmunds sky earlier this week as the soaring heatwave reached its climax.
The thunderstorm in the early hours of Tuesday morning followed searing temperatures as the mercury hit 32C - the highest so far this month.
The storm saw 17 mm of rainfall in the area, which was the first notable rain for 30 days according to local weatherman Alan Messem. This month the region has had just 19.4mm of rainfall compared to an average of 50.6 mm.
Bury was relatively disruption free following the freak weather. A spokesman for UK Power Networks confirmed there were ‘no particular problems’ in the area.
However, the storm caused railway signalling problems in Bury, Diss and Stowmarket with delays to train services between Ipswich and Cambridge/Peterborough and Ipswich and Norwich.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We worked to restore services as quickly as possible and we apologise for any delays.”