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Pizzas, pints and pouring rain – nation prepares for England v Ukraine

Written by on 03/07/2021

England fans are expected to order more than a million takeaways on Saturday night as the Three Lions play Ukraine in the quarter finals of Euro 2020 in Rome.

As up to 39 million Brits are predicted to watch the highly-anticipated tie, either at home or at the pub, hospitality and food industry figures are expecting a flood of orders, including:

  • More than a million takeaway orders are expected by JustEat, the food delivery marketplace
  • It predicts orders will peak at more than 2,500 a minute just before the 8pm kick-off
  • More than £533m will be spent as millions of people watch the match either at the pub or at home, VoucherCodes.co.uk says
  • Its research says up to 7.1 million fans are expected to cheer on the Three Lions from their local pub, up 11% on Tuesday’s round 16 match against Germany
  • Waitrose says searches for pizza recipes have been up by a quarter on its website as fans seek to recreate the experience of being in Rome.

Brits are expected to splash the cash as heavy rain and possibly thunderstorms hit the UK ahead of the match on Saturday – potentially spoiling barbeque plans.

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of central England on Saturday, while a similar warning of heavy rain is in place for large swathes of the South West.

The weather alerts warn that people could see flooding to homes and businesses, delays or cancellations to transport services and a danger that communities may become “cut-off”.

Those opting to stay at home can watch the match on BBC 1 from 8pm.

Tom Morgan, a Met Office forecaster, said: “We have two yellow weather warnings in place, the first covering the South West of England including parts of Cornwall, Devon and Bristol, which will see heavy and persistent downpours and even some flooding from Saturday afternoon.

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“Another warning of thunderstorms will cover large swathes of central England, spanning from the south to north, starting from 6am on Saturday.

“These areas will see scattered, heavy showers, thunderstorms and even some hail.”

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Mr Morgan put this down to an area of low pressure over the UK, brought about by a jetstream bringing changeable, wet weather.

He added: “There are quite a few sporting events over the weekend, including England’s Euro 2020 match against Ukraine in Rome at 8pm on Saturday.

“While the players will be playing in 28C temperatures, back in England spectators in pubs and fan zones will be hit with heavy downpours.

“It may also be a washout for tennis-goers at Wimbledon, who I’d advise to have an umbrella to hand, despite there being some sunny spells.”

Those in Wales will be hit with wet and even thundery conditions on Saturday, while parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will see mostly cloudy conditions along with some rainfall.

 Sky News

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