The Met Office has said today that the country is getting wetter. Official figures show 2012 was the wettest year in England since records began, and the second wettest in the UK.
That will come as no surprise to many of us here in the South West, particularly those who are still recovering from the latest floods.
A family from Melksham on holiday in Gloucestershire over Christmas had to be rescued from their cottage after being marooned by the floods.
Tyntesfield Estate in North Somerset has been forced to close after the visitor centre was flooded.
RNLI volunteers are on stand by as the region braces itself for more rain. Winds of up to 70mph are also expected.