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Met Office: '2012 second wettest year on record'

3 January 2013 Last updated at 18:50 GMT

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.

Thousands of homes were flooded and farmers have struggled to grow their crops in land that has become saturated.

The findings come as analysis says the frequency of extreme rainfall in the UK may be increasing.

Jeremy Cooke reports.