Tornado Scotland: Tornado spotted in Midlothian as thunderstorms sweep country

A tornado was spotted in Scotland as heavy rain and thunderstorms swept parts of the country.

People in Midlothian were surprised to see the unusual weather event on Tuesday afternoon.

A Met Office yellow warning of thunderstorms was issued for much of Scotland.

The Met Office said the tornado was a waterspout, a type of tornado that forms over open water.

A tornado was spotted in Scotland as heavy rain and thunderstorms swept parts of the country.

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Twitter user Aisling posted a video of it passing Rosewell, Midlothian and wrote: “Never seen anything like it. It went right by our house. The video doesn’t capture how intense it was.”

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Others shared their surprise, with one person writing: “Never seen a tornado before in Midlothian” while another tweeted: “Tornado in Midlothian. Crazy weather.”

Greg Dewhurst, a forecaster at the Met Office said: "We've seen a couple of videos today showing tornadic waterspouts this and it's down to the atmosphere, the current low pressure system.

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"The air is unstable, there's thunderstorms and the energy of the atmosphere is helping to create these.”