PICTURES: Flooding in Westcountry after storm 'brewed up' in France
Dramatic thunderstorms passed over the Westcountry, dumping almost an inch of rain on some places in less than an hour.
The storms "brewed up" over France before crossing the Channel early on Saturday morning, forecasters said.
South Devon and Exeter were among the worst affected areas, with onlookers treated to displays of forked lightning.
Rolster Bridge, near Totnes, recorded 17mm of rain in less than an hour, while other parts of the South Hams saw 53mm (2in) in 24 hours.
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Heavy rain forced the cancellation of Bodmin Town's Carlsberg South West Peninsula League premier division match at Elmore, near Tiverton due to a waterlogged pitch. The game was called off after a 10.15am inspection of the Horsdon Park pitch, which was deemed unplayable.
The Met Office said Cornwall was also affected, with heavy showers around St Blazey.
Forecaster Tim Thorne said warm air over France, where temperatures hit the mid-20s, collided with wet air coming in from the Atlantic.
"They brewed up over France in the early hours of the morning – the mixture of quite high temperatures and moisture was enough to trigger heavy showers and thunderstorms which drifted along on the breeze," he added.
"Most of the lightning was around South Devon and Plymouth, from where it moved north west across Devon to Exeter.
"Anyone who was out and about would have had a lively day, but most of the problems were flooding due to surface water and blocked drains."
The rest of the weeks is predicted to be changeable across the region, with scattered showers and sunshine.
However, temperatures are expected to hit 18C or 19C during the day and 10C or 11C at night.