You know it’s definitely autumn when the UK is constantly under a weather warning and new storm names start floating about.

With weather warnings becoming more frequent, it’s only a matter of time before the first named storm hits the UK.

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The country is currently feeling the effects of Storm Aurore, which has made its way over from France with weather warnings in place across southern England.

But the first official UK storm of 2021/22 has not yet reared its head.

Storm Arwen will be the name of the storm when it inevitably hits this autumn/winter - but how do the Met Office come up with these names?

We take a look at the process behind naming storms, how the names are chosen and why the Met Office has storm names in the first place.

Here’s everything you need to know about UK storms and their names for 2021/22...

Why does the Met Office have storm names?

While the idea of naming storms is often quite fun, there is a more serious reason behind it.

Using one single system to name storms makes it easier for the Met Office to communicate about severe approaching weather.

It means messages can be clearly conveyed so people can be sure when to keep themselves, businesses and properties safe.

How are storm names chosen?

Since 2015, the Met Office has run a ‘Name Our Storms’ project giving people a chance to submit their name suggestions.

Each September, a new list of storm names is published which runs from early September to late August the following year.

This coincides with the most likely time for storms to hit the UK.

Typically the Met Office invites name suggestions for storms once a year and these are then chosen by the Met Office, Met Éireann and KNMI (The Dutch forecasting service).

What are the UK storm names for 2021-22?

The latest list of storm names has been released for 2021-22 by the Met Office.

There is a new name for each letter of the alphabet, not including Q U, X, Y and Z.

This is because US Hurricanes begin with these letters, so it avoids any confusion.

The list of UK storm names for 2021-22 are:

When is a storm named?

A storm will only be officially named when it has the potential to cause an amber or red weather warning.

Some other types of weather, such as rain with the potential to cause severe flooding, will also be considered for naming.

But generally it must have the potential to cause severe damage or disruption - otherwise every bad weather day would be given a name.

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