In Pictures: 2021 – from storms to searing sun and back again

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The weather has taken the UK on a wild ride in 2021, from flooding and snow in January to baking temperatures in the summer and a fierce storm in December.

Storm Christoph kicked off the year with a bang, as homes were flooded amid heavy downpours and some areas were blanketed in snow.

Flooded street
The streets of Lymm in Cheshire were flooded after overnight heavy rain (Joe Giddens/PA)
Snowy scene
Further north in Northumberland, the storm brought heavy snow (Owen Humphreys/PA)

There was more snow later in the month as the Met Office said it was the coldest January across the UK in 10 years.

People walk in the snow
People walk in the snow near Knaresborough Viaduct in North Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)
Snow in County Durham
Kayachia Widdas and her dog Ozzy look at a snow plough in Bowes, County Durham, as heavy snow falls (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The UK recorded its coldest night of the winter on February 9 but it did not stop young and old alike from enjoying some fun in the snow.

A family have a snowball fight
The Crompton family have a snowball fight at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

But the arrival of British Summer Time saw the weather shift, coinciding with a relaxation of coronavirus lockdown measures in England.

Spring weather Mar 30th 2021
Anna Heslop, 25, paddleboarding at sunrise at Cullercoats Bay on the North East coast (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Spring weather Mar 30th 2021
An early-morning dip at Tynemouth beach on the North East coast (Owen Humphreys/PA)

But the further loosening of restrictions in May was less inviting weather-wise, with rain and wind hitting parts of the UK.

Spring weather May 21st 2021
People buffeted by the wind while crossing the Millennium Bridge, London (Yui Mok/PA)
Spring weather May 21st 2021
A very wet seafront in Southsea, Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)

However by July, things had really heated up as Northern Ireland recorded its highest ever temperature of 31.2C in Ballywatticock, in County Down, and with people packing UK beaches.

Summer weather July 17th 2021
Bournemouth beach in Dorset was packed (Ben Birchall/PA)
Summer weather July 17th 2021
Sunbathers make the most of the mini heatwave in New Brighton, Wirral (Peter Byrne/PA)

The UK also enjoyed a warm start to September as pupils headed back to school.

Autumn weather Sep 7th 2021
Hathersage swimming pool in the Hope Valley, Peak District (Danny Lawson/PA)
Autumn weather
A woman soaks up the sun on the South Bank, London (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

After a mild and quiet autumn, Storm Arwen created major disruption in the north of England and Scotland.

The Met Office said wind speeds hit 98mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

Autumn weather Nov 27th 2021
Huge waves crash the against the sea wall and Roker Lighthouse in Sunderland on Saturday morning (Owen Humphreys/PA)
The clubhouse roof lies on the pitch at Chester le Street Town FC in County Durham
The clubhouse roof lies on the pitch at Chester le Street Town FC in County Durham (Tom Wilkinson/PA)
Autumn weather Nov 28th 2021
A house is covered in snow on the A53 close to Buxton (Jacob King/PA)
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