Euro 2020: PM praises England ahead of final
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England have made it through to the Euro 2020 final after a tense game on Wednesday night against Denmark, after which the lions walked away victorious with a 2-1 win. The final at Wembley this weekend will be a historic one as the nation comes out to support the team. There are now reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering creating a bank holiday in August if England win the tournament.
Fans have been pushing for a bank holiday on Monday as the late kickoff undoubtedly means many won’t be fit to work the following day.
However, Mr Johnson reportedly decided it would be much too late to spring a day off on bosses and companies.
If the bank holiday is held in August, it will be at a time when COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and fans can enjoy their public holiday off without social distancing measures.
When asked about the Bank Holiday, the Prime Minister said: “I think that would be tempting fate – let’s see.”
What will the weather be like this weekend?
The English summer is temperamental at best, so don’t hold your breath for sunny, clear skies and tropical temperatures this weekend despite it being July.
However, it could hold out for Gareth Southgate’s team as it appears even the weather understands how iconic the Sunday night showdown will be.
In London, where the action will be taking place, conditions are to remain unsettled, according to the Met Office.
Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: “[The UK] is in a scenario, and will continue to be for the next week, where we will see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers.
“There will be a dry start to the day, but there will be an increasing risk of rain in the afternoon and evening.”
The worst of this weather is expected on Saturday and Monday, with Sunday looking to be the exception with mostly cloudy and sunny intervals.
Temperatures in London will remain average for this time of year, with possible highs reaching the early 20Cs.
The outlook looks to be the same for much of Britain, with an added risk of heavy thunder and hail in the northwest on Monday.
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The Met Office outlook for Saturday reads: “Rain spreading east across southern England, occasionally heavy.
“Sunny spells and scattered showers elsewhere, these heavy and slow moving with a risk of thunder across Midlands and northern England.”
For Sunday to Tuesday, it reads: “Showers across many central and northern areas, with the potential for some heavy and more prolonged rain across the south during Monday and Tuesday.”
The forecast confirms that temperatures will remain “near average” throughout these few days.
It comes as Ladbrokes’ has odds on at 3/1 for the wettest day of the year to come next week.
Ladbrokes writes: “With more heavy rain on the day, the bookies have already cut odds to just 2/1 on this being the wettest July on record.
“But now it’s also just a 3/1 shot the wettest day of the year so far is recorded next week.”
Ladbrokes spokesperson Alex Apati said: “It’s looking increasingly likely this month will break weather records for all the wrong reasons.”
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