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Africa in pictures: Weather

A group of children pose under darkening skies in Tanzania, Lake Mtera

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.

Lightning strikes the ground behind a large airship.

This Zeppelin NT airship can provide geophysical survey data to help diamond prospecting companies. Stefan Kuna captured this spectacular lightning strike near Jwaneng, Botswana.

Lightning in South Africa

"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.

People walking in the mud after a rain storm in Kenya

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.

Light, shade and a rainbow over lake Nyasa in Tanzania

Virginia Herbert captured this scene as the sun broke through after a rain storm, creating a rainbow over Lake Nyasa in Tanzania.

White clouds stretch across a blue sky above grassy plains.

This view of clouds moving across the open plains near Harrismith in South Africa was taken by US student Spencer Millsap.

A sand storm in hits Khartoum in Sudan

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."

Twister moves in from the left towards a paved road

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.

Sunset in Kenya's Tsavo National Park

A quintessential African sunset is captured in Christopher Henderson's picture, taken in Kenya's Tsavo National Park.

A moon at night in Egypt

A moon-lit night on the northern coast of Egypt was captured by Terry Barber in this photograph.

Snow in South Africa

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.




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