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Swanning around in Lurgan and in the water at Newcastle as 2017 gets off to a mild start

By Staff Reporter

The roads around Northern Ireland may have been icy yesterday, but with the water in Lurgan Park far from frozen over, the local swans saw nothing to get in a flap about.

They weren't the only ones taking the plunge yesterday as Aware's New Year Splash took place at Newcastle beach.

Swimmers blew away the cobwebs in the shadow of the Mournes by dipping into 2017 with a freezing fundraiser for the charity that helps those living with depression and bipolar disorder.

Afterwards, it was on to the luxury Slieve Donard Hotel nearby for a warm and welcome cup of hot chocolate.

After yesterday's cold conditions, today will be somewhat milder and cloudier, with no overnight ice expected.

The Met Office said, however, it would be more windy, with some patchy rain mainly affecting northern counties, with a little brightness over south Down.

The maximum temperature is expected to reach 8C.

Tomorrow and Thursday will be dry and bright, but colder, with some frost at night and morning.

Rain is due on Thursday night before becoming mainly dry and mild during Friday.

Across Great Britain, icy conditions and blankets of freezing fog could greet many commuters as they return to work from the festive break.

Sub-zero temperatures will grip England overnight, dipping as low as -4C to -6C in parts.

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