Provisional figures from the Met Office from 1 January to 26 December 2012 show that some parts of the UK have already had their wettest year on record. A further 46 mm of rain is needed from for this to be the wettest year on record. Find out more at the Met Office News Blog site here
Scientists at the University of Reading say the South of England needs twice as much rainfall over the summer than normal to get back to expected levels. That amount would be equivalent to the amount of rainfall seen during the 2007 summer floods.