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Met Office storm names for winter REVEALED after UK blasted by coldest Bank Holiday

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Aiden will be the first storm to blow in across the UK and Ireland this winter, according to the new list of names for this year’s strongest weather systems. Bella, Gavin, Julia, Minnie, Oscar, Ravi, Saidhbhin and Wilson are among the storm names for 2020-21 announced by the Met Office, along with Met Eireann and Dutch national weather forecasting service the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Now heading into its sixth year, the Name our Storms collaboration aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of severe weather before it arrives.

The 2020-21 list has been compiled from names suggested by the public which reflect the diversity of the three nations.

Others on the list include Christoph, Darcy, Evert, Fleur, Heulwen, Iain, Klaas, Lilah, Naia, Phoebe, Tobias and Veronica.

From September 1, the first storm to hit the UK, Ireland and/or the Netherlands will be named Aiden, while the second storm will be Bella.

Met Office storm names 2020 have been revealed

Met Office storm names 2020 have been revealed (Image: MET OFFICE)

As in previous years, Q, U, X, Y and Z will not be used, to comply with international storm-naming conventions.

The announcement comes after a month of extreme weather in the UK, which has included two named storms, a heatwave and the hottest August day recorded in 17 years.

Last week, the UK was battered by Storm Francis, which saw gusts of 81mph hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight, days after Storm Ellen struck.

The storms followed a spell of blistering heat, which included a high of 36.4C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens.

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Met Office storms: The UK experienced its coldest bank holiday

Met Office storms: The UK experienced its coldest bank holiday (Image: WXCHARTS)

Will Lang, head of the national severe weather warning service at the Met Office, said: “The impacts from Storm Ciara and Dennis earlier this year are still fresh in many people’s minds and although it’s too early to anticipate what weather this autumn and winter will bring, we are prepared with a new list of names to help raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.”

Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Eireann, said: “This summer has closed with Storms Ellen and Francis bringing wet and windy weather to our shores.

“As we begin the new storm season for 2020-21, Met Eireann forecasters look forward to working in close co-operation with our colleagues in the UK and Netherlands by continuing to provide a clear and consistent message to the public, encouraging people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property at times of severe weather.”

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Met Office: The 2020-21 list has been compiled from names suggested by the public

Met Office: The 2020-21 list has been compiled from names suggested by the public (Image: WXCHARTS)

The storm names comes after temperatures plunged to just above freezing on the last day of summer as the UK heralded the coming of autumn with a chill in the air.

A low of 0.6C was recorded at 5.13am at Ravensworth in North Yorkshire, making it the second coldest start to an August Bank Holiday in England since the holiday was introduced in 1965.

It was just above the lowest of 0.2C at Kielder Castle in Northumberland in 1983.

The average overnight low for North Yorkshire for this time of year is usually about 9C or 10C.

Meteorological summer ends on August 31, with autumn beginning in September, according to the meteorological calendar.

Looking ahead to the first days of September, Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said: “It will be pretty seasonal this week.

“Temperatures will be roughly where we expect them by day, and at night there will still be some chillier nights.

“I imagine if people are going out late evening or early morning there certainly will be a chill in the air and they probably will need at least a lightweight jacket to take that chill off.”

Met Office: Temperatures plunged to just above freezing on the last day of summer

Met Office: Temperatures plunged above freezing on the last day of summer (Image: WXCHARTS)

The low temperatures of the bank holiday weekend ended a month of “extreme” weather in the UK, which has included two named storms, a heatwave and the hottest August day recorded in 17 years.

The chilly spell is in stark contrast to last year’s August Bank Holiday which was the hottest on record, as the mercury hit 33.2C at Heathrow Airport.

Last week, the UK was battered by Storm Francis, which saw gusts of 81mph hit The Needles near the Isle of Wight, just days after Storm Ellen struck.

The storms followed a spell of blistering heat, which included a high of 36.4C at Heathrow and Kew Gardens.



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