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Storms create spectacular displays of lightning across Scotland

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness were all hit by thunder, lightning and heavy rain.

Lightning over Edinburgh in early hours of July 2 2015. Free to use with credit
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Stormy weather over Scotland helped created spectacular displays of lightning across the country.

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness were all hit by thunder, lightning and heavy rain on Wednesday night and into the early hours.

More than 8400 bolts struck ground north of the border on Wednesday - the most recorded in a single day since records began in 2008.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: “July 1 was the most active day for Scotland since we began recording this data, with 8486 strikes registered within 24 hours.

"There were more than 15,200 lightning strikes in Scotland in 34 hours - we had over 19,500 across the UK so the vast majority were in Scotland.

“It was caused by the hot weather and the intense heat, which destabilises the air and causes the thunder and lightning.

“There is some more on the way as storms come across from France and affect Scotland later on in the afternoon and early evening.”

Stormy weather over Aberdeen

A spokesman for Scotland Hydro Electric Power Distribution said there were a number of strikes to the network but no major power cuts.

He said: "We had quite a few of strikes to the network, lightning from Oban and the Western Isles and Skye to the Highlands and up towards Shetland. We had a few in the Tayside area, too.

Bolts above beach in Burghead in Moray

“Poles and transformers get struck, putting them out of action, but the power re-routes around the broken part of the network so the customer will only see their lights flicker for a second.

“There were one or two power cuts but they were quite minor. There were a number of re-routes across the network.”

Portobello in Edinburgh

Lightning strikes horizontally in Aberdeen

Whitburn in West Lothian

Lightning lit up the sky in a video captured by Robert Jamieson in Scotland's capital.

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