Direct lightning strike at Emley Moor mast at 6pm on Saturday, July 19.
Direct lightning strike at Emley Moor mast at 6pm on Saturday, July 19.
 

Direct hit ... this was the dramatic moment lightning struck Emley Moor mast.

Around 75 lightning strikes hit Huddersfield during a thunderstorm on Saturday teatime following a day of torrential rain.

The photo was taken by Paul Brookes, of Lepton at 6pm that day while standing in the cricket field at the Lepton Highlanders Sports Club in Lepton.

See more of your pictures below.

It was a disappointing weekend weatherwise but the good news is that the sun will be out most of this week and Huddersfield weather expert Paul Stevens says it looks like the rest of July and August will be warm and sunny.

Emley Moor Mast is the tallest freestanding structure in the UK, but only the 23rd tallest tower in the world.

It stands at just over 1,000ft, is made of concrete and became a Grade II listed building in 2002.

The tower, which was completed in 1971 after the old steel one collapsed under the huge weight of ice, is now operated by communications company Arqiva.

Paul French, Head of Field Operations at Arqiva, said “Emley Moor is well-equipped to handle lightning strikes. Typically it receives about 3 or 4 big strikes a year, but could receive anything up to 100 smaller ones. A large conductor is attached to Emley Moor so when lightning strikes it travels straight to the ground, protecting the structure and equipment within. It’s amazing to see the photos that people took over the weekend and we can reassure them that there was no damage to the tower from that storm.”

You can send us your pictures of the wild and wonderful weather over the weekend by emailing fiona.lumb@examiner.co.uk or tweeting us @examiner or posting on our Facebook page.

Thunderstorm above Marsden captured by Examiner reader Mohammed Jameel
Thunderstorm above Marsden captured by Examiner reader Mohammed Jameel
 

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