In Pictures: 2020 – From winter storms to scorching summer days

Much of the last 12 months has been a challenge, but coronavirus restrictions have encouraged more people to spend time on walks and bike rides in their local area.

From storms last winter to some scorching summer days, the weather has provided a varied backdrop to an unforgettable year.

Winter weather Jan 28th 2020
Snow settled on the ground during a freezing spell in January (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather Jan 28th 2020
Sheep looked for grass in snow-covered fields in Rhayader, Wales (Jacob King/PA)
Winter weather Feb 9th 2020
Waves crashed into the sea wall at Newhaven in East Sussex as Storm Ciara hit the UK in February (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Winter weather Feb 9th 2020
Towns including Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, were hit by flooding after torrential rain (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Winter weather February 16th 2020
The UK was also hit by Storm Dennis later in the month, leaving sheep stranded by floodwater in Carmarthen (RSPCA/PA)
Winter weather Feb 16th 2020
An ambulance was among the submerged vehicles in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)
Spring flowers surround Guildford Castle in Surrey
Spring brought finer weather for most parts of the UK, with flowers surrounding Guildford Castle in Surrey in March (Adam Davy/PA)
Families look at a sculpture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey
Despite lockdown measures looming, families ventured out to look at a sculpture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey (John Walton/PA)
Spring weather May 25th 2020
May brought even better weather as people enjoyed looser Covid restrictions and headed to Bournemouth beach in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)
(Left to right) Kate Wormald, Lizzie Walker, Fiona Oddy and Millie Arnison enjoy the hot weather at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire
(Left to right) Kate Wormald, Lizzie Walker, Fiona Oddy and Millie Arnison enjoyed the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)
Summer weather June 24th 2020
A June heatwave brought more people enjoy out to enjoy the sunny weather, including in Scarborough (Danny Lawson/PA)
A paddleboarder watches the sunrise at Cullercoats bay in North Tyneside
There was more beautiful weather in August, resulting in this spectacular sunrise at Cullercoats bay in North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Summer weather Aug 25th 2020
But August ended with a bang as Storm Francis brought high waves to Portland Bill in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Motorists driving on the M3 near Longcross in Surrey
Storm Barbara in October brought more gales and difficult driving conditions for motorists on the M3 near Longcross in Surrey (Steve Parsons/PA)
Winter weather Dec 4th 2020
The weather had come full circle by December, with Penicuik, Midlothian, among those seeing a significant covering of snow (Jane Barlow/PA)
Winter weather
Swans made the most of flood water on the River Seven in Worcester, as large areas of south-west England faced flooding over Christmas (David Davies/PA)
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