Britain was battered with some seriously relentless rain last year - and we know now it's officially the second wettest since records began.

The UK had the second soggiest year since records began in 1910 and according to the Met Office it was just a few millimetres short of 2000's record.

Despite a dry start to the year, Britain ended up getting soaked, with April and June both the wettest months on record in the country. Overall 1,330.7mm (52.4 inches) of rain fell across the year.

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A property is surrounded by floodwater near Apperley in England

While this year's deluge did not match the year 2000's, 2012 was the wettest year on record for England.

The Met office also revealed Britain has been getting wetter in recent decades.

"Long-term averages of 30-year periods show an increase in annual rainfall of about 5% from 1961-1990 to 1981-2010," they said.


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Heavy rain continues to fall in the South West of England and creates hazardous conditions on the M5 Motorway

"We have always seen a great deal of variability in UK rainfall because our weather patterns are constantly changing. However, preliminary evidence suggests we are getting slightly more rain in total and it may be falling in more intense bursts."

According to the Met Office the top five wettest years in the UK, from highest to lowest were 2000, 2012, 1954, 2008, and 2002.

Ola Holmstrom, had of water at WSP engineering consultancy called for innovative thinking to cope with the changing weather patterns in the UK.

"Although much of the long-term solution is about planning and adapting approaches, funding is crucial and public budgets need to be protected. Our core infrastructure will need to be adapted, re-enforced and in some cases completely re-built which comes with a cost," they said in a statement.

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  • A property is surrounded by floodwater near Apperley in Gloucestershire after days of almost relentless downpours Sunday Dec. 30, 2012. Flood warnings remain in place for England and Wales as the short respite from heavy rain is expected to give way to another band of miserable weather today. (AP Photo/PA,Tim Ireland) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

  • A property is surrounded by floodwater near Apperley in England after days of almost relentless downpours Sunday Dec. 30, 2012. Flood warnings remain in place for England and Wales as the short respite from heavy rain is expected to give way to another band of miserable weather Sunday. (AP Photo/PA,Tim Ireland) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

  • Leicester Tigers v Gloucester - Aviva Premiership

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  • Heavy rain continues to fall in the South West of England and creates hazardous conditions on the M5 Motorway in north Somerset in England as people travel to and from the West of England, which has been heavily affected by flooding and caused major disruptions on the rail networks forcing Christmas travellers to take to the roads Monday Dec. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Birchall/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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  • Worcestershire Braced For Further Flooding Across Christmas Period

    WORCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 24: The River Severn breaks its banks in the city of Worcester after heavy rainfall on December 24, 2012 in Worcester, England. Forecasters have predicted more rain to sweep across the country causing flash flooding over the coming days. The South West of England has been badly affected causing major disruption to the rail network delaying journeys for people making their way home for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Worcestershire Braced For Further Flooding Across Christmas Period

    WORCESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 24: The River Severn breaks it's banks in the city of Worcester after heavy rainfall on December 24, 2012 in Worcester, England. Forecasters have predicted more rain to sweep across the country causing flash flooding over the coming days. The South West of England has been badly affected causing major disruption to the rail network delaying journeys for people making their way home for Christmas. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

  • Worcestershire Braced For Further Flooding Across Christmas Period

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  • Traffic makes its way on a bridge near flooded fields in Ross-On-Wye, Wales, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Torrential rain has hammered much of Britain and is showing no signs of abating, with southern and southwestern England the worst affected. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Benches are partially submerged by flood waters in Ross-On-Wye, Wales, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. Torrential rain has hammered much of Britain and is showing no signs of abating, with southern and southwestern England the worst affected. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Winter weather Dec 22nd

    A youth wearing a Christmas hat looks out over a flooded street in the city centre of York, England, Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. Heavy rain continues to fall, over many parts of the country causing many problems for transport and for those who still have shopping to do, as floods hit homes and shops. (AP Photo / John Giles, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

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    Cars drive northbound on the M6 motorway near Knutsford on December 22, 2012 during heavy rainfall. Heavy rain across Britain has lead to travel disruption and flooding, with the Enviroment Agency raising upwards of 120 flood warnings, three of which were severe. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BRITAIN-WEATHER

    Cars drive northbound on the M6 motorway near Knutsford on December 22, 2012 during heavy rainfall. Heavy rain across Britain has lead to travel disruption and flooding, with the Enviroment Agency raising upwards of 120 flood warnings, three of which were severe. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Waves crash into the sea wall at Seaham Harbour as successive bands of heavy rain move across the British Isles, Seaham, County Durham, northern England, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/PA, Owen Humphreys) UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

  • Shoppers Brave Wind And Rain To Do Last Minute Christmas Shopping

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  • Shoppers Brave Wind And Rain To Do Last Minute Christmas Shopping

    BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Shoppers brave the rain as they pass shops in the centre of Bath on December 20, 2012 in Bath, England. With only a few shopping days left until Christmas, some retailers have been slashing prices to entice shoppers through the doors. Heavy rain and winds are predicted for the next few days for large parts of the UK. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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    A woman holds an umbrella as she walks in the rain in central London on December 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini, left, adjusts his hat in a rain shower during a training session at Carrington training ground in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Manchester City will play Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a Champions League Group D soccer match. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Rescue services navigate flood waters after the River Wansbeck has broke its banks in Morpeth, England, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 as communities work to rescue stranded residents from their homes, after heavy rain caused flash floods across parts of the UK. People have been evacuated from their homes and flooding has caused major disruption to transport after parts of the UK were battered with more heavy rain. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Rescue services navigate flood waters after the River Wansbeck broke its banks in Morpeth, England, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 as communities work to rescue stranded residents from their homes, after heavy rain caused flash floods across parts of the United Kingdom. People have been evacuated from their homes and flooding has caused major disruption to transport after parts of the UK were battered with more heavy rain. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Rescue services navigate flood waters after the River Wansbeck has broke its banks in Morpeth, England, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 as communities work to rescue stranded residents from their homes, after heavy rain caused flash floods across parts of the UK. People have been evacuated from their homes and flooding has caused major disruption to transport after parts of the UK were battered with more heavy rain. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Aron Martin, 17, braves the high winds and rain on Marsden beach near South Shields north eastern England, as heavy seas cause foam along the shoreline, Monday Sept. 24, 2012. Much of the country is being battered by high winds and heavy rain which is expected to last for the next few days. (AP Photo/PA, Owen Humphreys) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

  • Spectators stand in the rain during the final day of the WomenÂ’s British Open golf championships at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England, Sunday Sept. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    A tourist wearing yellow boots looks out over the river Thames in central London, England on October 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Dense fog hides Tower Bridge from view as tourists attempt to take photographs in central London, England on October 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)