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Boxing Day swimmers braved the cold to make their traditional dive after parts of England and Scotland woke up to the snow on Sunday.

Winter weather that was expected to produce blizzard-like conditions across the Anglo-Scottish border gave way to rain, and the Environment Agency put in place flood warnings in North Yorkshire and Devon .

Families from Tow Law, County Durham, were among those who went sledding as the area was blanketed in snow. Across the UK, snow fell overnight with the highest parts of Scotland covered by a few inches and parts of northern England reaching 2 inches at its peaks. On Saturday it had been a White Christmas for parts of the UK as people in Shetland and East Scotland woke up to the snow.

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People pull children in the snow on sleds in Tow Law, County Durham. Photograph: Owen Humphreys / PA
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A woman rides a horse in the snow near Castleside, County Durham. Photograph: Owen Humphreys / PA

Swimmers from Ayr Beach took part in a charity swim for Ayrshire Cancer Support on Boxing Day.

And in Redcar, bathers braved the cold waters of the North Sea by participating in their annual swim. The event attracts hundreds of people each year, some in disguise, as they help raise funds for a number of charities.

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Ayrshire Boxing Day Dip. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
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Make a splash at Redcar beach. Photograph: Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

The south of England saw less dramatic weather, with people strolling along the long promenade in Great Windsor Park on a rainy and gloomy Boxing Day.

The Met Office predicted cloudy weather with outbreaks of rain and drizzle in parts of the north and east of the UK towards the end of Boxing Day. He said this would subside and would be followed by “a fair amount of low cloud with the development of a few patches of fog”. He said there was a risk of frost in parts of the western UK and further rains in the southwest later. Rain in the north was likely to clear up on Monday.

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A gray Windsor on Boxing Day. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine / Rex / Shutterstock

The Environment Agency issued a North Sea flood warning at Scarborough Sandside on Sunday. “Rushing waves and spray are expected due to the strong offshore winds” Sunday evening, he said. “Please be careful along area beaches, coastal and estuary trails and roads as large waves and spray can be hazardous with debris.”

In another flood warning, he said river levels remained high near Exeter after heavy rains on Christmas Day.

A yellow warning from the Met Office was initially extended to include an area from the Scottish borders to Derbyshire, as well as further east over Durham and Northumberland, due to an increased risk of snow accumulation over the South Pennines overnight. A second was in place for a smaller area north of Glasgow and across the Forth Valley. These were withdrawn later in the day.

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