In Pictures: Hardy swimmers take the plunge as winter temperatures plummet

New Year’s Eve saw bitterly cold conditions for much of the UK and more snow, as some hardy swimmers braved the North Sea for a bracing dip.

The sun rises over South Shields lighthouse
The sun rises over South Shields lighthouse on the north east coast (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
Frost covers a grassy bank looking out over the Avon Gorge and Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol after overnight temperatures dropped below freezing (Ben Birchall/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
Mist and frost hang around colourful houses in Hotwells during a cold start to the day in Bristol (Ben Birchall/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
Swimmers in the freezing North Sea at King Edward’s Bay near Tynemouth on New Year’s Eve (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
Swimmers take the plunge at King Edward’s Bay (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Deer in a frost-covered Richmond Park, in south-west London (Yui Mok/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
A cold start to the day for joggers in Richmond Park (Yui Mok/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
A swan makes its way across a frozen pond (Yui Mok/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
Snow on rooftops in Bishop Auckland, County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather Dec 31st 2020
Huskies being walked in Whitworth in County Durham (Owen Humphreys/PA)
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Riders in a frost-covered Richmond Park (Yui Mok/PA)
Jack Austin does a backflip off a snowball
Jack Austin does a backflip off a snowball on Knutsford Heath in Cheshire (Martin Rickett/PA)
Two children drag a sledge through woods
Two children drag a sledge through woods on Knutsford Heath (Martin Rickett/PA)
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