Extreme 2012 weather cost UK economy billions, and will be new norm.

Guardian: “Compounding the shock was the unprecedented lurch from the worst drought in a generation in early 2012 – there were widespread hosepipe bans in March – to regular downpours by the end of the year that made it the second wettest for the UK since records began more than a century ago.”“That, say scientists, is the key lesson for the future as climate change warms the world: extreme changes in the UK’s already famously changeable weather are becoming the new normal. Nine people in the UK were killed in floods during the year. “2012 was a good example of extreme volatility. And what has the most impact on people is the volatility,” says Vicky Pope, a climate scientist at the Met Office. …Government scientists rate increased flooding as the greatest threat posed by global warming to the UK, and 2012 bore this out: on one in every three days authorities were put on heightened flood alert. …The overall cost of flooding may rise to £10bn a year, according to the government’s climate change risk assessment.”