Read more at the Met Office blog https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2015/12/31/whats-been-happening-to-our-weather/
Five of the six wettest years on record have happened since 2000, according to the Association of British Insurers.
Storm Desmond dumped 13 inches of rain in 24 hours over Ireland, North England and Scotland. Honister Pass set a new record for 24 hour rainfall.
It is thought that 6,500 properties across Cumbria were affected by the flooding.
May 2016 has just recorded the hottest May on record (Global Temperature compiled by NASA). Global temperature records have now been broken for eight straight months since the pattern began in October 2015. The world is on track to call 2016 its hottest year yet.