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GALLERY: 'Mother Nature should be charging a fee for this light show'... Your amazing thunderstorm photos

From Oldcastle to Ashbourne and Mullagh to Moynavley, Meath was witness to a spectacular show last night as the heatwave of the last five days came to a dramatic end with a prolonged thunder and lightning storm sweeping the country.

A nationwide Status Orange warning for thunderstorms lapsed at 9am this morning after widespread thunderstorms across Ireland overnight.

Met Eireann had forecasted that flooding was possible in areas where heavy downpours happen.

"Scattered showers with the possibility of thunderstorms will continue to affect areas, with the chance of becoming intense through the afternoon with the continued risk of flooding. Highest temperatures of between 18 and 23 degrees, with light to moderate northerly winds."

As the storm swirled overhead last night, Meath Chronicle readers took to our social media channels to share their experiences.

One poster commented: "I'm in Athlumney Navan, looking towards the kentstown Road and its just flash after flash of light. Looks off in the distance but I'm hoping its fork lightening and heads this way.. love a good thundernderstorm!!"

Another said: "Loads of lightening here in Nobber...very quiet out with a little roll of thunder every now and then."

A poster from just over the border wrote: "Unreal here in Virginia. It's been constant for hours. fork lightning all around."

Describing the lightning show, another reader said: "Flash after flash in Killyon/Hill of Down, all sorts of lightning and fork lighting with all types of colours and balls of fire you think. You think you were looking at a fire work display, I've never seen it before."

Here are some of the most dramatic photos you took of the lightning as it passed over Meath last night. More to follow...

Here are some of the amazing videos you took of the lightning as it passed over Meath last night. More to follow...