Steven Paxton's photo of Tanzanian children waiting for rain clouds to burst is the first in a series of shots on African weather sent in by BBC News website readers.
This Zeppelin NT airship can provide geophysical survey data to help diamond prospecting companies. Stefan Kuna captured this spectacular lightning strike near Jwaneng, Botswana.
"Nature is beautiful even at its fiercest," wrote Jabu Mnguni, who took this photograph of an electric storm in South Africa's coastal port of Durban.
Abdullah from Kenya sent in this photo of people walking after a rain storm, which ended a three-year drought in Mandera in the north-east.
Virginia Herbert captured this scene as the sun broke through after a rain storm, creating a rainbow over Lake Nyasa in Tanzania.
This view of clouds moving across the open plains near Harrismith in South Africa was taken by US student Spencer Millsap.
John Splitt witnessed a sand storm in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. He submitted the photo with the disclaimer: "Being out in it is not to be recommended."
This dramatic shot came from Mark Booth - it was taken during a period of intense heat and dry weather as the twister hit the Nairobi-Mombasa road.
A quintessential African sunset is captured in Christopher Henderson's picture, taken in Kenya's Tsavo National Park.
A moon-lit night on the northern coast of Egypt was captured by Terry Barber in this photograph.
Jacques Claassen took this shot of snow in South Africa in Clarens near the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. For a future gallery, send in images depicting religion in Africa.