Bronagh and Saoirse among Irish storm names for year ahead in Britain and Ireland
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Bronagh and Saoirse among Irish storm names for year ahead in Britain and Ireland

BRONAGH and Saoirse are among the Irish names that will be allocated to storms in Britain and Ireland in the coming season.

Nor are they the only Irish monikers to be included, as you can see on the full list below.

The list have been compiled by Met Éireann and Britain’s Met Office from suggestions from the public, while names that reflect the culture and diversity of Ireland and Britain have also been included.

This year the first storm will be ‘male’ and named Ali, while the second storm will be ‘female’ and named Bronagh, following the alternating male/female pattern established by the US National Hurricane Center in the 1970s.

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Saoirse Ronan and Idris Elba will share their names with upcoming storms (Images: Getty)

While Saoirse has been brought to a wider audience thanks to Irish actress Miss Ronan, there appears to be further Hollywood influence on the list, with the ninth storm of the year to be called Idris, likely a nod to Mr Elba.

The practice of naming storms is to raise awareness of severe weather before it hits.

“The last 12 months have seen some extreme weather around the globe as well as here at home,” said Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann.

“While it is too early to say whether the coming winter will be a stormy one or a quiet one we are prepared with a new set of 21 names for whatever nature may throw at us.

(Image: Met Éireann)
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“Met Éireann is delighted to continue working with colleagues from the UK Met Office to warn of impending severe weather.”

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

A storm will be named for weather systems that are expected to prompt an Orange (Amber) or Red wind warning from Met Éireann and/or the Met Office.

Storm Names 2018/19 Ireland and the United Kingdom

Ali

Bronagh

Callum

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Deirdre

Erik

Freya

Gareth

Hannah

Idris

Jane

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Kevin

Lily

Max

Niamh

Oliver

Peggy

Ross

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Saoirse

Tristan

Violet

Wyn