The climate crisis is changing rainfall patterns around the world, making wet areas wetter, and dry areas drier. The UK felt the consequences of this change in 2012. From The Guardian:
"2012 was the second wettest year on record in the UK and the wettest ever in England, the Met Office announced on Thursday. The downpours that caused more than 8,000 homes and businesses to suffer floodin led to a total of 1,330.7mm of rain for the year, just 6.6mm short of the wettest UK year recorded in 2000 (1337.3mm). Analysis by the Met Office also suggests that the UK may be getting increasingly wetter as climate change causes warmer air to carry more water. Days of extreme rainfall – downpours expected once every 100 days – occurred every 70 days in 2012."