A dramatic slow motion video shows the moment lightning strikes Edinburgh during a freak thunderstorm this afternoon.
The lightning bolt over the west of the city was captured from The Scotsman offices at Orchard Brae House.
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It appeared during a freak heavy downpour - which also brought hail - on the second day of weather warnings in the Scottish capital.
The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning for thunderstorms and heavy rain in Edinburgh and the Lothians, in place until 10pm on Wednesday.
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Met Office forecasters says there is a chance of power cuts, difficult driving conditions and flooding of homes and businesses.