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The Met Office is inviting suggestions for its official list of names given to severe weather events.

The Met Office is inviting suggestions for its official list of names given to severe weather events.

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The Met Office is inviting suggestions for its official list of names given to severe weather events.

A competition has opened that means one of the next major storms could be named after you.

The Met Office is inviting suggestions for its official list of names given to severe weather events.

It's the second time they've invited people to name a storm, with submissions being invited via Twitter @metoffice or email email nameourstorms@metoffice.gov.uk for around a week.

The scheme was introduced in 2015 as part of a bid to increase public awareness and this is the second time it's been run.

It's in conjunction with Met Eireann and both countries pool their suggestions to create one shared list.

The most popular names will be chosen for the upcoming year, with another select few held in reserve for future weather events.

Offensive names or those of political leaders will be disregarded.

Idris will be the name of our next storm and we've already had Ali, Bronagh, Callum, Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah this season - with names always alternating between male and female.

Names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z are never chosen, to standardise practice with the US National Hurricane Centre.

Derrick Ryall, Associate Director of Public Weather Service at the Met Office said: “In addition to Met Office weather warnings, the storm naming scheme has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, providing a consistent message to the public and crucially helping people to make better decisions so they can stay safe and thrive.”

Belfast Telegraph