We've all had one of those days when work didn't turn out as expected. But for this man, changes happened in a flash.

A weather anchor made headlines across China today after being hit by lightning during his live programme.

Xiao Dong, from Dalian, was reporting in a thunderstorm on a rooftop when he was struck yesterday morning, according to a video report on People's Daily Online.

Luckily, he was struck by the sparks, not the bolt of the lightning, so did not sustain major injuries, according to the Daily Mail.

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After being hit, Xiao Dong said his arms, hands and fingers felt numb - as if "ants were crawling over them". He also reported pain in his palm.

Xiao Dong was holding an umbrella with a metal handle as he reported in the storm. It's believed the metal handle attracted the electric charge.

The cameraman was holding an umbrella with a wooden handle, and he was not hit.

A video of the event was shared by Dalian Meteorological Bureau on its official social media account yesterday afternoon.

According to the 20-second video, Xiao Dong was standing in heavy rain as he reported live on Dalian TV.

The sky suddenly became bright and a lightning bolt struck. Xiao Dong appeared to be hit and he immediately threw away his umbrella.