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.
New records have been set in England (1095.8 mm), northern England (1253 mm), E and NE England (1042.1 mm), Midlands (1048.2 mm), and East Anglia (788 mm), in a series that goes back to 1910.
A further 46 mm of rain is needed from 27 to 31 December for this to be the wettest year on record for the UK overall – the UK has had 1291.2 mm of rain from 1 January to 26 December. The wettest year on record for the UK is 2000 with 1337.3 mm.
In terms of temperature and sunshine the year as a whole is set to be unremarkable, both being around normal. However, overall 2012 is set to be cooler than 2011, but warmer than 2010.
|mean temperature||sunshine duration||precipitation|
|1 January to 26 December 2012||Actual||Difference from 1981-2010 average||Actual||Percentage of 1981-2010 average||Actual||Percentage of 1981-2010 average|
|England & Wales||9.5||-0.1||1451.5||98||1172.2||125|
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