3 January 2013 Last updated at 10:07 ETBy Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News
A look back at a year of extreme weather
The past 12 months were the second wettest on record in the UK, according to data released by the Met Office.
The total rainfall for the UK during 2012 was 1,330.7mm (52.4in), just 6.6mm short of the record set in 2000.
Most areas were affected by the extreme weather, with thousands of homes flooded and farmers struggling to grow crops in the saturated soil.
The latest data comes as analysis says the frequency of extreme rainfall in the UK may be increasing. …(more).