Provisional figures for the weather in 2012 should be available from Thursday 3 January, but currently 2012 is the 4th wettest year in the UK since records began in 1910. Once Thursday's figures are out, it is possible there could even be a new record, especially as there has been heavy rainfall over the last days.
However, there are signs of drier weather now for England and Wales, with high pressure building in the south towards the end of the week. Cloud with some sunny spells is forecast by the Met Office, whose Chief Forecaster Eddy Carroll said "We are expecting some showers for western parts of the UK this evening, and some hill snow for western Scotland, but during New Year's Day pressure will start to build from the south.
"This will give much more settled conditions for many parts of the country, but outbreaks of rain will still affect Scotland and Northern Ireland at times. This change to much drier weather looks set to last into the first weekend of January and the following week."