Published: 22nd December 2014
Stunning amber and pink skies greeted much of the UK as the shortest day of the year saw the sun set shortly before 4pm on Sunday.
Many up and down the country donned their favourite scarves and gloves to enjoy the spectacle in the sky on the Winter Solstice, the day of the year during which earth is learning furthest from the sun.
The rain experienced across Great Britain in recent days is expected to continue until after Christmas Day, dashing any hopes that traditionalists had of a snowy festive period.
Forecasters have predicted that Christmas Day will consist of light showers and minimum temperatures of 0C. In fact, temperatures on December 25 are likely to hit about 6C in England and 5C in Scotland.
Some snow could fall on Christmas Day but it is likely to come on higher ground such as the Grampian Mountains and North Yorkshire Moors, and looks unlikely to settle.
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