N-ice weather for the ducks!

A Canada Goose pictured on the ice at Ward Jackson Park.
A Canada Goose pictured on the ice at Ward Jackson Park.

PLUMMETING temperatures made life difficult for the ducks and geese at a popular town park.

Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, looked like a scene from a winter wonderland as temperatures struggled to rise above freezing point yesterday.

As our pictures show, parts of the lake at the town park were frozen over, while the park’s main green areas were frost-covered all day.

Dog walkers wrapped up warm to get their morning exercise, while some park visitors spared a tought for the ducks by feeding them.

There were similar scenes in Rossmere Park as winter took a firm grip.

After a relatively mild start to the new year, the weekend saw a dramatic dip in temperatures and forecasters predict more of the same for the remainder of this week.

Overnight frost is forecast for the rest of the week, though the experts claim there is unlikely to be any of the snow which caused chaos this time last year.

There has been a real north/south divide in the weather over the weekend, and while Hartlepool and east Durham shivered yesterday, Skipton in North Yorkshire was the coldest place in the UK according to the Met Office with temperatures as low as -5C.

In the south, Torquay reached double figures along with Brighton and parts of south Wales.

l WILL you be out and about in the cold weather over the next few days? Send your winter pictures to mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk along with your name and address, and where the photograph was taken, and we’ll publish the best ones.