Thursday, January 3rd 2013, 1:51 PM EST
2012 averaged across the UK was the second wettest on record in data which stretches back to 1910, falling short of a new record by only 6.6mm.
In total 1330.7mm fell last year, compared with the average of 1154mm. A new record has been set across England and Wales with 1205mm of rain.
And locally new records have been set for Yorkshire, with 1230.8mm (136% of average) and Lincolnshire with 841.3mm (135% of average). It's been a remarkable run of wet years in the UK since 1998; 6 years are now in the top 10 wettest - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008 & 2012.
Even more striking are figures based on the much longer England and Wales rainfall data series, first started in 1766. 2012 is provisionally in the top 4 wettest in 246 years (the other years being 2000, 1872 & 1786).
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Also read: Statistics for December and 2012 - is the UK getting wetter?
- Met Office