2012 started with hose pipe bans and warnings of drought. It has ended as one of the wettest in England since records began. The Met Office said that at 1,095.8 millimetres the average rainfall across England

With the final rainfall for 2012 calculated, the year 2012 was the third wettest in the UK as a whole since records began in 1910.

Down pour in 2012
UK was a wash out in 2012

As 2012 was so wet and miserable, people are planning to escape the UK this summer. No one wishes to take the risk of a washout UK summer in 2013 and forward bookings for sunshine singles holidays are already ahead of last year.

January holiday sales are well under way with many tour operators and Friendship Travel kicks off its summer 2013 singles holidays sale today with a range of savings.