UK weather – Thunderstorms to batter Britain for England's crunch Euro 2020 match against Germany tonight

THUNDERSTORMS are set to batter Britain ahead of England's last-16 clash against Germany tonight.

Hopes for a summer football season filled with sunshine have been dashed by scattered downpours and rumbling skies forecast in the south.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for thunderstorms, a band of torrential rain, and further flooding that is predicted to swamp southern England.

Flash floods left a trail of destruction in Somerset last night, damaging homes, blocking roads, and leaving several cars stranded.

But nothing can dampen the spirits of the Three Lion's fans, with many hitting the boozers at 7am – and probably ringing in sick before the 5pm kick-off.

Gareth Southgate's side are luckily set to escape the showers at Wembley, where the temperature is set to be a cool 16C as they take on old rivals Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.

But senior Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates warned: "There’s a reasonable chance of rain which could be heavy, at least at times, during the game."

Just a stones throw away in Surrey,West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight; Portsmouth; Southampton, Brighton and Hove, yellow alerts are in place.

Also on alert is south-west England, including: Bournemouth; Christchurch and Poole; Devon; Dorset; Somerset; Torbay and Wiltshire, according to the Met Office.

They have warned of a "small chance" of fast-flowing or deep floodwater as the storms let rip.

Many places will miss the worst of deep floods, but the torrential thundery downpours stung Chard in Somerset yesterday evening.

Emergency shelters have been set up to help the worst hit residents, as some were pictured shovelling floodwater from their doorways.

The town's Mayor, Jason Baker, posted on Facebook: "Anyone needing shelter or a warm drink please head to the Guildhall, we will coordinate help and support as we can."

Emergency services confirmed multiple roads had been closed due to the chaotic downpour, as teams worked through the night to clear debris.

A red flood warning remains in place on part of the River Isle from Chard Reservoir to Hambridge.

The warning suggests that flooding is expected in the area and immediate action is required to ensure safety.

And the Euros aren't the only sporting tournament in turmoil over the weather – as the opening days of Wimbledon have also been a washout.

It could see crucial matches at SW19 delayed, postponed, or transferred to the courts with a roof.

Staff were pictured covering the courts in preparation of the wet weather.

The best of the weather is set to stick in the north thanks to high pressure keeping it mostly dry and settled.

Things are set to brighten up towards the weekend in the south with sunny spells as temperatures begin to climb back up as pockets of rain disperse.

Mr Keats continued: "For the rest of the week it looks as though high pressure will stick around, influencing the weather over much of northern and central Britain and Ireland, but southern England, and particularly the South East, will remain at risk of further showers.

"With a broadly easterly flow, North Sea coasts will often be cooler and sometimes cloudier, with the best of the sunshine and the warmth in the sheltered west."

The mercury will rise again on Wednesday and Thursday, with much longed-for sunshine making a welcome return.

July will be ushered in with high pressure from western and northern Europe.

Blue skies will be dragged in by a slow-moving jet stream that makes its way across the country.

And according to the BBC's long-range forecast, a heatwave could hit most of the country next month.

The broadcaster said: "Computer models are very enthusiastic on developing a strong high to our east over Germany and into Scandinavia by mid-July.

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