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Rivers are frozen solid… but they'll be running again by the weekend as warmer weather (and the rain, unfortunately) returns
Gale force winds will reach speeds of up to 60mph at exposed southern coasts and high groundSunny spells and rain will reach the UK by the weekendTemperatures expected to reach up to 11C tomorrow in the southThermometer will hover around 2C and 4C today for large parts of the country
16:30 GMT, 13 December 2012
A thick sparkling frost coated much of the UK today, leaving many places cold but with a winter wonderland look.
Rivers across the country had chunks of ice floating them as everywhere from Scarborough to Hampshire experienced bitterly cold conditions.
Scotland in particular suffered, as snow dusted the north of the country and residents had to wrap up warm against the plummeting temperatures.
But the festive appearance is about to melt away, as heavy rain and gale force winds are working their way from the Atlantic towards the UK.
Water not-quite-fall: Climbers Simon Stokes and Mark Davies admire giant icicles along the frozen Kinder Downfall waterfall high in the Derbyshire Peak District
Cold shower: The waterfall remains frozen but is expected to be back to normal by the weekend
Wintry friend: As the big freeze continues, deer foraged for food and grazed in Petworth Park, West Sussex
Deer at Wonham Manor in Betchworth, Surrey completed this picturesque scene which showed a frosty white park
Rain is on its way: Dog walkers stroll through early morning mist and frost on Hollow Ponds in east London this morning
Two horse riders enjoy the beautiful scenery on a crisp, frosty morning in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire today
Two railway workers patrol the frosty train tracks in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire as winds and rain headed towards the UK
The western weather front is expected to
bring winds reaching speeds of up to 50mph tomorrow across the UK, with
wet spells estimated to produce 20-25mm rain in the south-west of
England and south wales.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: 'It's an area of low pressure that 's bringing the weather front from the west.
'Tomorrow will be much milder over the UK, with the temperature hitting highs of 7C to 11C. The south will see temperatures in double figures.
'It'll be a wet day for the south west of England.
'In eastern parts of Scotland, there is expected to be 20 to 40mm of rain.
'There will be gusts of up to 40pmh and 50pmh everywhere.
'Exposed southern coasts and higher grounds will see gusts of up to 60mph.'
Basingstoke Canal near Odiham in Hampshire felt the cold as plants were covered in layers of ice and even the river had chunks of ice in it
Used to the cold! Highland Cow calves stands in the snow at a farm near Crianlarich, Scotland, as snow dusted parts of the countrry
Members of The Mere Angling Club in Scarborough try and break up the ice ahead of a competition this weekend as temperatures plummeted freezing the lake and the surrounding trees
Hillwalker Dougie Andrews walks through the snow on the West Highland Way near Tynedrum, Scotland
A man braces the cold as he walks through Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, which had been coated in frost, transforming it into a carnival of blue, white and wintry colours
People wrapped up warm to walk dogs in Selly Park, Birmingham, as sub zero temperatures and ice brought beautiful scenes to the UK today
Today had been predicted to be the coldest day of the year, with temperatures last night dropping to -12C in Scotland.
There was a dusting of snow in the northern parts of Scotland, but most of the country only experienced a glittering frost and some fog last night and the early part of this morning.
But the Met Office revealed that it had been mild compared to the sub-zero conditions in February, where a temperature of -15C was recorded in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, making that that the coldest date of the year so far.
The spokesman said: 'This year's winter is only 12 and bit days old, so it's been the coldest day of the season so far.'
Clearly not enjoying his early morning dip! A man makes his way out of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park after a swim this morning
Hows the water This swimmer looks a little shocked as he wades out of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park. But warmer weather is on the way
Picturesque: A steam train powers its way through Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, leaving plumes of steam behind
Today the thermometer will hover
between 2C and 4C in most places – although cities including Liverpool
and Birmingham will feel the chill as the temperature does not reach any
higher than 1C.
the wet and windy conditions tomorrow, at least the weekend will bring a
welcome rise in temperature, and even some sunny spells.
The spokesman said: 'The weather will be milder, there will just be showers around the country.
'There will be some dry spells. It will be generally cloudy with some sunny spells.'
freezing fog and ice brought beautiful scenes to the countryside but
transport chaos in many cities yesterday as temperatures plummeted to
About 200 flights
were cancelled as airports struggled to deal with the treacherous
conditions, while major roads were jammed and rail users faced delays
after the country woke to a thick blanket of frost and fog.
The River Thames froze at Wargrave, Berkshire, and canals iced over in London, Birmingham and Stockport.
They've got their fur coats on! Selly Park in Birmingham was coated in thick frost – but that didn't stop these dogs playing about
A dog runs through the frosty covered grass as the Sun breaks through the early morning fog on Staxton Hill, Ryedale, North Yorkshire
What a view! Early morning frost coats a bench at the top of Sutton Bank on the North York Moors, as temperatures plummeted last night