How hot is lightning?

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THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FORCE of nature is lightning. In simple terms, lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge caused by imbalanced between storm clouds and the ground which occurs during thunderstorm. We have heard before that a direct hit from a lightning strike can start forest fires or can kill a person.
Lightning is the movement of electrical charges and does not have a temperature. However, resistance to the movement of these electrical charges causes the materials that the lightning is passing through to heat up. On Earth, the lightning frequency is approximately 40–50 times a second. A natural lightning strike typically carries around 20-30,000 amperes of current. A bolt of lightning can reach temperatures of roughly 30,000 kelvins or 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit.