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'Very, very frightening': Incredible lightning strikes across Scotland

Spectacles were captured in photo and video as lightning forked across Scotland's skies.

Strikes: Spectacles captured from Aberdeenshire to Denny.
Strikes: Spectacles captured from Aberdeenshire to Denny. Glen Sloss, Ryan Stevenson, Cheryl Slater / Composite

Photographers have captured Scotland's lightning-racked skies as storms swept the country overnight.

After the warmest day on record of 2016, intense thunder and lightning rumbled overhead, with the worst storms across the west coast, Arran, Bute and the Hebrides.

But as the sun rose, a fresh wave of meteorological chaos took commuters by alarm. A line of thunderstorms affected the north and north east of the mainland, while an intense area of thundery rain swept into the south.

Between 12am - 11am, the UK had over 20,000 lightning strikes recorded, most of which were over Scotland.

Here are some of the best moments captured by you.

Isle of Arran

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ_hsI5OZaw&feature=youtu.be | youtube

Greenock

Cairn O'Mounth

Lightning at Cairn O'Mounth, uploaded July 20 2016
Ryan Stevenson

Argyll

Isle of Lewis

Edinburgh

Durris

Lightning strikes at Durris, uploaded July 20 2016
Ryan Stevenson

Balmedie

Dingwall

Penicuik

Port Glasgow

Denny (after church spire struck)

Newtonhill

Lightning at Newtonhill, uploaded July 20 2016
Cheryl Slater

Aberdeen

Today's forecast

STV weather presenter Sean Batty said: "Over the last 24 hours we've seen some dramatic changes in the weather, from being the hottest day of the year yesterday with sunshine and highs of 29C at Prestwick, to big thunderstorms and flooding this morning.

"Last night's temperatures remained about 19-20C for most of the night around Glasgow and Ayrshire, making it one of the warmest nights on record. Intense thunderstorms drifted north last night, with the worst across the west coast, Arran, Bute and the Hebrides. This morning a line of thunderstorms affected the north and north east of the mainland, while an intense area of thundery rain swept into the south.

"Rain will continue to affect the north and east of the country throughout much of the day, and there will still be some thunderstorms and torrential downpours at times too. This morning the heavy rain in the south led to some localised flooding issues, and this will be possible today in the east where the rain continues. With such large cumulonimbus clouds bubbling up, this could lead to some large hailstones falling in some areas during storms.

"Drier weather will arrive from the south west during today, with most areas becoming dry with some brightness later in the evening. Shetland may see some thunderstorms drift in from the south around midnight. The weather tomorrow looks much quieter with a lot of dry weather and warm sunny spells. A few showers may develop in the east and some showery rain will affect the west later. On Friday some heavy and possibly thundery showers could develop in the east, although they won't be as intense as today's storms."

http://stv.tv/news/scotland/1361183-house-struck-by-lightning-as-thunderstorms-hit-scotland/ | default

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