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Video shows the spectacular lightning storm over Portsmouth early today.

Lightning and thunder lashed the region last night in one of the fiercest electrical storms in recent memory.

Lightning over Portsdown Hill. Picture: Louise Collins

Lightning over Portsdown Hill. Picture: Louise Collins

The storm set in about 1am, with heavy rain and thunder echoing through the clouds every few seconds.

Firefighters from stations including Southsea and Cosham reported responding to false alarms which were set off by the storm.

Residents of the Portsmouth region will have until the weekend is over for relief from the severe weather.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning of heavy, thundery showers in the area - meaning the public are urged to ‘be aware.’

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower in the early hours of Friday Morning. Viewed from Gosport''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-36) PPP-140718-025725001

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Portsmouth and the Spinnaker Tower in the early hours of Friday Morning. Viewed from Gosport''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-36) PPP-140718-025725001

The Met predicts muggy conditions and possible torrential downpours with frequent lightning and possible flooding.

The Met’s deputy chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: ‘We’ve got hot and humid air moving up from the continent which will see temperatures rise through to the weekend, with some high day and night-time temperatures expected by Friday. ‘The humidity will make it feel close, muggy and uncomfortable for many in the heat and people should take steps to keep cool – particularly across the areas where we have issued a heat health alert.’

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Portsmouth and the lipstick tower in the early hours of Friday Morning. Viewed from Gosport''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-38) PPP-140718-025130001

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Portsmouth and the lipstick tower in the early hours of Friday Morning. Viewed from Gosport''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-38) PPP-140718-025130001

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Gosport Marina in the early hours of Friday Morning. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-40) PPP-140718-025258001

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Gosport Marina in the early hours of Friday Morning. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-40) PPP-140718-025258001

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Portsmouth in the early hours of Friday Morning. Viewed from Gosport. Pictured is HMS Dauntless docked at the Portsmouth Naval base with the BAE shipyard right.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-30) PPP-140718-025401001

18/7/14 ''A lightning thunderstorm passes over Portsmouth in the early hours of Friday Morning. Viewed from Gosport. Pictured is HMS Dauntless docked at the Portsmouth Naval base with the BAE shipyard right.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142100-30) PPP-140718-025401001