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Britain 'set for wettest ever year'

Posted 28 December 2012
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Britain 'set for wettest ever year'
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With more rain forecast for the final days of the year, Britain may be about to record its wettest ever 12 months.

The Met Office has revealed 2012 has already been the wettest on record for many parts of the country, with the south-west around Bristol and the eastern half of England particularly hard hit.

On Boxing Day, the organisation said another 46 mm of precipitation will make it the dampest year ever known to meterologists, with the soggiest April and June ever having already been confirmed.

Those who like to go walking may have been well aware of the need to have their waterproofs with them, although there have been some notable exceptions.

While most of England was hit by lots of rain, the north-west of Scotland was much drier than usual, with droughts in some places.

If the weather patterns of 2012 become the norm, that may suggest those who want to be drier when up on the hills should head north of Glasgow.

Those blaming the weather on climate change may note that a joint study by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia has logged the average global temperature to be 0.45 degrees C above the long-term average.