Storm names 2021: What is the next storm to hit the UK? – The Sun

STORM Darcy is set to batter Britain with heavy snow this weekend after the Met Office issued amber and yellow weather warnings. 

Like in America, UK storms are given specific names to help determine which is which as they hit the country – but what are they named?

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What will the next storm be named?

The UK is currently the grip of Storm Darcy. It is expected to bring 30cm of snow to parts of the UK, with widespread travel chaos expected.

The Met Office has issued five days of severe weather warnings as the dangerous Beast from the East 2 threatens to cut off communities.

Storm Darcy has already covered parts of Scotland in a blanket of snow, as well as bringing strong icy winds and rain.

And the snowstorm arrived in the North East as high winds saw temperatures plummet below zero.

The icy blast of Russian air is set to send the mercury plunging as low as -10C in parts of Northern Scotland as the country braces for a cold snap.

And the South East of England will be particularly badly hit, with 40-50mph wind gusts that could cause snowdrifts expected.

Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent will also be badly affected.

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings, suggesting there could be widespread disruption across London, the east and south east of England.

Warnings for rain, snow and ice are also in place as snow showers could affect many northern and eastern parts of the UK.

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a cold weather alert for the whole of the country.

The list of storm names are revealed by the Met Office from September to August.

The next storm will be Storm Evert.  

What are the 2021 storm names for the UK?

Storm names have been decided up until August 2021, when names for September 2021 to August 2022 will be announced.

The Met Office chooses the names but it asks for members of the public to help by making suggestions every year.

The service decided to start naming storms in alphabetical order back in 2014, in the hope that doing so would make people more aware of them and how dangerous they can be.

A total of 21 names were chosen by Met Office and Met Eireann – whittled down from a total of more than 10,000 suggestions submitted by the public.

One name was picked for each letter of the alphabet, apart from Q, U, X, Y and Z.

Every major storm will be named according to the list, ordered alphabetically.

Among the names on this year's list include Heulwen, Klaas and Saidhbhin.

Storms set to batter Britain from September 2020 to August 2021


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Why are there no storm names for Q, U, X, Y and Z?

To ensure the Met Office is in line with the US National Hurricane Centre naming conventions, it does not include names which begin with the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z.

This is to ensure consistency for official storm naming in the North Atlantic – to reduce confusion for fellow weather experts, sea captains and pilots.

In America, when all the names in the storm alphabet are used, the naming convention follows the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma…).

Why did the UK start naming storms?

Analysis has shown that naming storms makes people more aware of the severe weather and helps them prepare for them in advance.

Surveys showed people were more aware of the threat and more likely to take action after hearing the name of a storm, rather than a forecast simply saying bad weather is on the way.

The Met Office and its Irish counterpart Met Eireann decided to follow the US system of giving girls and boys' names to tropical storms and hurricanes.

Is there a difference between male and female storms?

A study of American hurricanes has shed light on an alarming pattern, and explained that more people are killed by "female" storms than those with male names.

The reason why is all down to how we subconsciously view gender, since we're more likely to assume that storms with female names will be less dangerous.

This means people end up taking fewer precautions to protect themselves, according to researchers at the University of Illinois.

Incredibly, the 2014 study added that the more feminine the name, the more people a storm is likely to kill.

The researchers even suggested that changing a hurricane's name from Charley to Eloise could triple the number of fatalities.

Co-author Sharon Shavitt, a professor at the University of Illinois, said: "In judging the intensity of a storm, people appear to be applying their beliefs about how men and women behave."

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