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

All the best weather images from the past 12 months.

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A group of people play football as they enjoy the autumn sunshine on Bournemouth beach in September (Andrew Matthews/PA)

A group of people play football as they enjoy the autumn sunshine on Bournemouth beach in September (Andrew Matthews/PA)

A group of people play football as they enjoy the autumn sunshine on Bournemouth beach in September (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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.

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Snow settled on the ground during a freezing spell in January (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Snow settled on the ground during a freezing spell in January (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Snow settled on the ground during a freezing spell in January (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Sheep looked for grass in snow-covered fields in Rhayader, Wales (Jacob King/PA)

Sheep looked for grass in snow-covered fields in Rhayader, Wales (Jacob King/PA)

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Sheep looked for grass in snow-covered fields in Rhayader, Wales (Jacob King/PA)

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Waves crashed into the sea wall at Newhaven in East Sussex as Storm Ciara hit the UK in February (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Waves crashed into the sea wall at Newhaven in East Sussex as Storm Ciara hit the UK in February (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Waves crashed into the sea wall at Newhaven in East Sussex as Storm Ciara hit the UK in February (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Towns including Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, were hit by flooding after torrential rain (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Towns including Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, were hit by flooding after torrential rain (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Towns including Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, were hit by flooding after torrential rain (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The UK was also hit by Storm Dennis later in the month, leaving sheep stranded by floodwater in Carmarthen (RSPCA/PA)

The UK was also hit by Storm Dennis later in the month, leaving sheep stranded by floodwater in Carmarthen (RSPCA/PA)

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The UK was also hit by Storm Dennis later in the month, leaving sheep stranded by floodwater in Carmarthen (RSPCA/PA)

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An ambulance was among the submerged vehicles in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

An ambulance was among the submerged vehicles in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

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An ambulance was among the submerged vehicles in South Wales (Ben Birchall/PA)

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Spring brought finer weather for most parts of the UK, with flowers surrounding Guildford Castle in Surrey in March (Adam Davy/PA)

Spring brought finer weather for most parts of the UK, with flowers surrounding Guildford Castle in Surrey in March (Adam Davy/PA)

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Spring brought finer weather for most parts of the UK, with flowers surrounding Guildford Castle in Surrey in March (Adam Davy/PA)

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Despite lockdown measures looming, families ventured out to look at a sculpture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey (John Walton/PA)

Despite lockdown measures looming, families ventured out to look at a sculpture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey (John Walton/PA)

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Despite lockdown measures looming, families ventured out to look at a sculpture at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey (John Walton/PA)

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May brought even better weather as people enjoyed looser Covid restrictions and headed to Bournemouth beach in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

May brought even better weather as people enjoyed looser Covid restrictions and headed to Bournemouth beach in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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May brought even better weather as people enjoyed looser Covid restrictions and headed to Bournemouth beach in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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(Left to right) Kate Wormald, Lizzie Walker, Fiona Oddy and Millie Arnison enjoyed the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

(Left to right) Kate Wormald, Lizzie Walker, Fiona Oddy and Millie Arnison enjoyed the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

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(Left to right) Kate Wormald, Lizzie Walker, Fiona Oddy and Millie Arnison enjoyed the sunshine at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire (Danny Lawson/PA)

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A June heatwave brought more people enjoy out to enjoy the sunny weather, including in Scarborough (Danny Lawson/PA)

A June heatwave brought more people enjoy out to enjoy the sunny weather, including in Scarborough (Danny Lawson/PA)

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A June heatwave brought more people enjoy out to enjoy the sunny weather, including in Scarborough (Danny Lawson/PA)

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There was more beautiful weather in August, resulting in this spectacular sunrise at Cullercoats bay in North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

There was more beautiful weather in August, resulting in this spectacular sunrise at Cullercoats bay in North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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There was more beautiful weather in August, resulting in this spectacular sunrise at Cullercoats bay in North Tyneside (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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But August ended with a bang as Storm Francis brought high waves to Portland Bill in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

But August ended with a bang as Storm Francis brought high waves to Portland Bill in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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But August ended with a bang as Storm Francis brought high waves to Portland Bill in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Storm Barbara in October brought more gales and difficult driving conditions for motorists on the M3 near Longcross in Surrey (Steve Parsons/PA)

Storm Barbara in October brought more gales and difficult driving conditions for motorists on the M3 near Longcross in Surrey (Steve Parsons/PA)

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Storm Barbara in October brought more gales and difficult driving conditions for motorists on the M3 near Longcross in Surrey (Steve Parsons/PA)

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The weather had come full circle by December, with Penicuik, Midlothian, among those seeing a significant covering of snow (Jane Barlow/PA)

The weather had come full circle by December, with Penicuik, Midlothian, among those seeing a significant covering of snow (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The weather had come full circle by December, with Penicuik, Midlothian, among those seeing a significant covering of snow (Jane Barlow/PA)

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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)

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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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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