Lightning can be seen illuminating the English Channel at St Catherine’s Lighthouse at the southern tip of the Isle of Wight.
The storm struck the coastal St Catherine’s Point on Sunday night, pictured in full force here.
It is one of the oldest lighthouse locations in Great Britain, built after the shipwreck of the Clarendon in 1836 in which 23 lives were lost.
The weird weather comes as Tuesday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far, with highs of 26C or 27C expected in the south-east of England.
The Met Office said that a plume of warm air from the Continent is set to make Tuesday "dry and very warm in sunny spells" across central and eastern parts of the UK.
But clouds and heavy rain in the west will spread into central areas of the UK into Tuesday evening, the forecaster anticipates.
The Met Office’s Richard Miles said the balmy temperatures in the south-east will be met with the "westerly systems bringing the more unpredictable and showery weather".