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Homes powerless in Aberdeen after lightning storms hit Scotland

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Image caption Lorraine took this picture of dramatic picture of lightning in Shandon, Argyll and Bute on Saturday at 15:23

About 200 homes are still without power in Aberdeen following lightning strikes on Saturday which also caused a series of small fires across Scotland.

Energy firm SEE said it was working to reconnect power to the homes.

Two houses in Collieston, Aberdeenshire, were also hit during the lightning storm, causing small fires.

And in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, firefighters were called out after lightning hit an overhead line feeding a electricity substation.

Scottish Power said the strike led to a short term loss of power to some nearby homes.

Dramatic images of the storm in the west and north-east of Scotland have been sent to the BBC Scotland website.

BBC Weather Watchers also reported large hailstones during a thunder storm in Aberdeenshire.

And in Edinburgh drivers said the torrential rain lead to sudden flooding and spray, causing difficult driving conditions on the city bypass.

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Image caption Jeanette took this picture of lightning in Fraserburgh on Saturday at 18:57

Lightning had been forecast in western and central areas on Saturday afternoon, with experts predicting it would move east in the evening.

The Met Office issued two weather warnings – one for lightning and another for thunder.

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Image caption Richard Holt captured more than one fork of lightning near Udny Aberdeenshire at about 18:40 on Saturday

It came a day after a temperature of 30C (86F) was recorded in the Highlands on Friday.

But in southern England temperatures soared to 33.6C (92F) on Saturday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

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Image caption Lightning was seen in Aberdeen

In other parts of the UK…..

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Image caption The main beach in Bournemouth was crowded by sun seekers on Saturday afternoon
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Image caption Visitors to Green Park, London, were enjoying picnics in the sun shine

Source: bbc.co.uk

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