April and June were the wettest months on record

2012 was characterised by a dry start which quickly gave way to very wet weather, with April and June the wettest months on record Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

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2012 the second wettest year

2012 was the second wettest year in the UK since records began in 1910, according to provisional statistics from the Met Office. It is just a few millimetres short of the record set in 2000.