Atiyah will be the first storm to blow in across Ireland and the UK this winter, according to the new list of names for this year's strongest weather systems.

Also on the list of storm names for 2019-20 announced by Met Éireann and the British Met Office are Brendan, Ciara, Francis, Gerda, Maura, Noah, Piet, Samir, Willow and Olivia.

It is the fifth year that Met Éireann and the Met Office have run the Name our Storms campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of severe weather before it hits.

Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting at Met Éireann, said: "The naming of storms by National Met Services as well as colour coding weather warnings provides a clear, authoritative and consistent message to the public and prompts people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property.

"We are overwhelmed with the huge response to our public call for storm names - please don't be too disappointed if your name hasn't been used as you will get another chance next year."

This year Met Éireann and the Met Office have been joined by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Dutch national weather forecasting service.

Gerard van der Steenhoven, director general at the KNMI, said: "We are looking forward to working closely with the UK Met Office and Met Eireann.

"Storms are not confined to national borders, so it makes sense to give common names to such extreme weather events.

"As many people are travelling - sometimes on a daily basis - between our countries, the use of common names will make it a lot easier for them to appreciate the hazards represented by a large storm system."

The full list of storm names for 2019-20 is: Atiyah, Brendan, Ciara, Dennis, Ellen, Francis, Gerda, Hugh, Iris, Jan, Kitty, Liam, Maura, Noah, Olivia, Piet, Róisín, Samir, Tara, Vince and Willow.

The season's names were compiled from a list of submissions by the public, choosing some of the most popular names and also selecting those which reflect the diversity of the three nations.

The alphabetical list of names skips Q, U, X, Y and Z to comply with international storm-naming conventions.