Thunder and heavy rain that was expected to hit England on Sunday night kicked off a week of wet weather that could put a dampener on some of the UK’s upcoming sporting events.

With scattered downpours forecast to continue into Monday, stars due to play on the opening day of Wimbledon on Monday may be forced off court.

Historically, all matches have been postponed due to rain but the investment in roofs over Centre Court and Court 1 in recent years means the unpredictability of the British weather is less likely to affect the schedule – although the experience of sitting courtside with strawberries and cream in hand may not be quite the same.

Southern areas will bear the brunt of the rain storms for the rest of the week, including on Tuesday when England go head-to-head with Germany at Wembley. Many supporters around the country, particularly in the North, will be able to watch the Euros 2020 game in the sunshine.

But Steven Keates, the senior meteorologist for the Met Office, said "there’s a reasonable chance of rain which could be heavy, at least at times, during the game" in north London.

The team faced similar conditions when they played Scotland in the group stage of the tournament when they drew 0-0.

A #sunny start for northern parts of the UK on #MondayMorning 🌤️

Cloudier further south with heavy #rain easing for a time ☂️ pic.twitter.com/uVjnAO0RB6

— Met Office (@metoffice) June 27, 2021

Fans gathering at the stadium will be hoping the deluge does not mean a washout for the Three Lions who are in for a tough test against their rivals, despite being the bookies’ favourites to win.

Despite the drizzle, temperatures will be balmy throughout with the dial expected to reach 19C in time for kick-off.

From Wednesday there will be pockets of rain that will ease, with it becoming dryer and brighter heading into next weekend.

Fine and dry for Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England on Monday 🌤️

Cloudier elsewhere, with the risk of some #thunderstorms across southern England 🌩️#4cast pic.twitter.com/Z7xvCD4D0p

— Met Office (@metoffice) June 27, 2021

Mr Keats said: "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."