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. The 900-mile wide "Atlantic torment" was named Storm Alex in France because it struck there first — and kept it's name when it smashed into the UK. Two named storms, Ciara and Dennis, helped push February to the top of the records as the wettest ever in the UK. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. "There's a general expectation that under our warming climate, we would expect to see increases in some types of extreme rainfall and rainfall events and we're expecting to have wetter winters overall, we could expect increases in these types of extremes.". Scattered showers, sunny spells and cooler temperatures forecast, UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast, Mix of sunny spells and heavy rain forecast, UK braced for chilly week as temperatures plunge, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. The morning will start with moderate showers in the southeast, as well as occasional showers across the east of England and southeast of England. The list of storm names are revealed by the Met Office from September to August.

The researchers even suggested that changing a hurricane's name from Charley to Eloise could triple the number of fatalities. Temperatures are expected to hover around the low teens. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Many parts of the UK have already passed their average October rainfall in the first couple of weeks of the month.

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. The UK is currently the grip of Storm Alex (formerly called Aiden), according to the Met Office.

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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. © 2020 BBC. "Over recent decades that we have seen a cluster of notable rainfall records in the last sort of 10 to 20 years in quite a long rainfall series," said Dr McCarthy. "So 31.7mm across the area of the UK equates to around 7.6 cubic kilometres of water by volume," he said, adding: "Loch Ness is around 7.4-7.5 cubic kilometres.". .css-po6dm6-ItalicText{font-style:italic;}Follow Matt on Twitter @mattmcgrathbbc. In America, when all the names in the storm alphabet are used, the naming convention follows the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma…). Moderate showers are expected in the southeast.

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