UK storm names revealed

Last month the Met Office, together with Met Eireann announced plans to name UK storms in an attempt to raise public awareness of severe weather.

In an announcement made yesterday, the full list of names has now been revealed.

Having received thousands of responses from members of the public, a few of the selected names are Desmond, Eva, and Gertrude. The next severe storm to impact the UK will be named Abigail.


A storm will be named when it is deemed to have the potential to cause substantial impacts in the UK and/or Ireland. A name will be taken from the list in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female.

To avoid any confusion over naming, if a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved across the Atlantic, the already established method of referring to it as, e.g. ‘Ex-hurricane X’ will continue.