Stunning sunrise to start 2016 - but what has the weather got in store?

Roker Pier on January 1, 2016. By Neil Gardiner.
Roker Pier on January 1, 2016. By Neil Gardiner.
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These stunning photos were sent in to the Echo's Facebook page by reader Neil Gardiner.

The fantastic photos show Roker Pier as the sun rises on 2016.

Roker Pier on January 1, 2016. By Neil Gardiner.

Roker Pier on January 1, 2016. By Neil Gardiner.

It's a moment of calm after all of the storms - but what can we expect from the weather as we begin a new year?

Things aren't looking good.

Flood warnings remain in place across the UK as forecasters predict more rain, and even snow, for the start of 2016.

More than a dozen Environment Agency (EA) warnings to expect flooding remained in place for parts of the Midlands, North East, North West and Wales as the Met Office issued a yellow alert for "spells of persistent and heavy rain" throughout Friday.

And clean-up efforts in flood-hit areas of Scotland hit by Storm Frank could be hampered by ice and snow.

The Met Office forecast for Sunderland:

Today: A frosty, clear start to New Year's Day, and continuing dry with a good deal of sunshine during the morning. High cloud will thicken during the afternoon, turning sunshine hazy and winds will strengthen by evening. Maximum Temperature 5°C.

Tonight: A breezy night with rain spreading quickly across the region through the evening. This may be heavy at times and wintry initially over high ground before turning to rain everywhere. Minimum Temperature 4°C.

Saturday: Feeling cold with rain through much of the day which may be heavy at times. Winds becoming lighter by evening however. Maximum Temperature 8°C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Mostly cold, wet and windy through Sunday with persistent rain, heaviest over hills, and strong southeasterly winds. Some brighter spells possible Monday and Tuesday but rain at times. Lighter winds.

Earlier, the EA said flood-ravaged regions will continue to face high river levels, particularly the River Severn in parts of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and the River Ouse near York.

The levels are expected to gradually fall over the weekend and all severe flood warnings have been removed.

Chris Hogan, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: "Today we are going to get a frontal system coming off the Atlantic which will hit Cornwall in the morning and then move up, pushing across the country.

"It should clear overnight into Saturday to a few scattered showers. There are still flood risks but the rain is not quite as torrential as we have been having."

The Met Office has issued yellow ''be aware'' warnings for snow and ice covering Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway, Strathclyde, Grampian and the Highlands.

Its rain warning said up to 20mm could fall in areas in the South West and South Wales, rising to as much as 50mm in hilly areas such as the Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the forecaster said similar amounts of rain could be expected on Sunday.

"Following a brief respite on Saturday night, a further frontal system will bring more rain to these same areas through Sunday morning before clearing away north-eastwards during Sunday afternoon," it said on its website.

"Be aware that some local disruption from surface water and river flooding looks likely.

"While these amounts of rain wouldn't usually lead to many impacts, given the saturated nature of the ground there is a greater risk of localised surface water flooding that might normally be expected. Some rivers within the area also remain high."