Sunny start to the year! Britain finally sees break in the clouds as clear skies replace ice and floodsTemperatures will be three or four degrees warmer for the next two weeksRevellers and early morning walkers welcomed January's first rays today The dry weather follows the wettest year on record in England , it's finally drying up for the start of the New Year. Many families spent the end of December cleaning up after flooding and struggling to travel because of impassable roads and cancelled transport services. But after the wettest year on record, the outlook is far brighter for 2013, with temperatures leaping by four degrees and the rain staying mostly away for the start of January
Goodbye 2012! Enjoy the New Year in these spectacular pictures as countries across the globe celebrate the arrival of 2013Swimmers brave freezing temperatures to take part in New Year's Day dips across the world Members of grenadier corps in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany, fire 12 shots with a cannon at 8amCentral Pacific Ocean island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) first to usher in the New YearSydney saw 2013 at 1pm GMT, with some 1.5 million people attending the city's eventsIn Philippines a child fights for life and more than 400 people hurt by firecrackers and gunfire in celebrationsThe increasingly democratic Myanmar – also known as Burma – celebrated with its first ever public countdownMoscow's Red Square was filled with spectators as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin to welcome the new year200,000 turn out in Shanghai to witness the 4D light show and lighting up of historical buildingsMulticolored fireworks danced up and down the world's tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – in Dubai The festive mood in New Delhi has been marred by the death of a young rape victim on Saturday More than 1 million people will pack into New York's streets for the traditional crystal ball drop in Times SquareAmerican Samoa will be the last place on Earth to herald in the New Year on Tuesday at 11am GMT | UPDATED: 16:07 GMT, 1 January 2013 Major celebrations to welcome the new year have taken place in some of the world's most iconic locations throughout today.
ITV's ratings woes continue: Now channel's top rated show is the NEWS in wake of abysmal Christmas figuresBroadcaster only managed three out of top ten shows on Christmas DayDownton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figuresITV managed just 8% of audience in prime time on Saturday night | UPDATED: 08:03 GMT, 31 December 2012 ITV’s miserable Christmas in the ratings has continued after a news bulletin was its most watched show on Saturday night – and a repeat of Dad’s Army on BBC2 beat one of its new shows. The broadcaster has been hit by a string of poorly performing shows over the festive period and managed only three out of the top ten shows on Christmas Day. Among these, Downton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figures and was beaten by EastEnders, Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royle Family and Doctor Who
Harry's heroes: A compelling dispatch from the Afghan frontline from nerve-shredding missions on Christmas Day to a Prince queuing at the camp canteen Mail on Sunday man Matt Warren joins Prince harry and troops in Helmand ProvincePrince queues with 4,000 comrades for gargantuan Christmas lunchSoldiers dress up for Nativity play and tuck into traditional festive food Royal Marines approaching end of final tour as operations scaled down | UPDATED: 22:43 GMT, 29 December 2012 On duty: Prince Harry after a successful flight from Camp Bastion I am sitting in the front of a heavily armoured truck.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge finally join rest of Royal Family for belated Christmas celebration – just in time for annual pheasant shoot William and Kate arrived at Sandringham House early on Boxing DayCouple were driven 155 miles from Kate's new family homeKate joined husband for lunch at Wood Farm after he went hunting | UPDATED: 10:00 GMT, 28 December 2012 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have finally joined the rest of the Royal Family for a belated Christmas celebration, after choosing to spend the festive season with the Middleton family instead. William and Kate arrived at Sandringham House, the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk, early on Boxing Day just in time for Prince Philip’s annual pheasant shoot
‘A very rare and precious letter’: Prince Charles reveals his longing for news from soldier son Harry in Christmas message for the troops The Prince of Wales paid tribute to servicemen and women serving abroadHe said the nation owes them an 'everlasting debt of gratitude'Prince Charles's Christmas message was broadcast to soldiers this morning | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 26 December 2012 Prince Charles has asked his son Harry to write more letters home from Camp Bastion in Afghanistan where he has been stationed since September. The Prince of Wales joked that replies to letters sent to Prince Harry on the frontline are 'rare and precious' in a Christmas radio broadcast to troops serving overseas. He encouraged all servicemen and women to write home over the festive period
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) 'was the most popular pirate DVD this Christmas'First time in four years a Harry potter film has not been most counterfeitedList compiled by film industry's anti-piracy body FACTBody says court cases have led to decline in online piracy | UPDATED: 20:13 GMT, 25 December 2012 The first installment of American vampire series Twilight was the most counterfeited DVD over the festive period. The film industry's anti-piracy organisation FACT seized hundreds of thousands of illegal copies of the The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
10.13am on Christmas Day Must be time for your first family row. And then again at 12.42pm, 3pm, 7.25pm and 10.15pm…
The dogs given a new life for Christmas: Three badly neglected shih-tzus cleaned up and rehomed with loving families Dogs were rescued by RSPCA after six months of horrifying neglectLacy, Molly and Angus were unable to see or walk when found Inspector: 'I've never seen such a deeply depressing sight as these dogs'Owner Pauline Kinghorn has been banned from keeping animals for life | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 24 December 2012 Three dogs who were neglected so badly that they could not see or walk have all been re-homed with loving families in time for Christmas. The three shih-tzus had to be rescued from squalid conditions which left their coats so overgrown and matted with food and faeces that they could not see properly and had to drag their back legs when they tried to move around. Lacy, Molly and Angus, who are now healthy, have each gone to new homes after it was estimated that they had been neglected for at least six months
One for you, one for me! Online shoppers treat themselves to a Christmas gift every time they shop (and sometimes more than one…) | UPDATED: 17:09 GMT, 24 December 2012 There is just one more night to go until stockings are opened and gifts are unwrapped, and some of us are waiting with eager anticpiation to see what fortune will bring us. But according to a new study, a great many of us aren't satisfied with relying on Santa or loved ones to bring us the perfect gift. A survey has revealed that nearly half of us have been treating ourselves to at least one Christmas present with every purchase we made online this festive season