The head of policy at environmental group Friends of the Earth, Mike Childs, has said that experts expect to see extreme weather events such as intense rainfall become more common as a result of global warming:
So far, the world has warmed by an average 0.7°C above pre-industrial levels - if temperatures rise by the 4°C scientists widely predict then we can only begin to imagine the impacts on our lives and livelihoods.
But there is still time to tackle climate change. We must end our dependency on dirty fossil fuels and reap the benefits of energy efficiency and developing clean power from the wind, waves and sun.
Even the wet weather - and there was plenty of it - failed to dampen our spirits in a great year for Britain.
It's official, 2012 was the second wettest year on record for the UK.
As 2012 narrowly missed out as the wettest year on record, Met Office figures show it is getting wetter.