The British Met Office has released a “forecast” that could stymie England’s quest for Euro glory in Sunday’s final versus Italy – millions of flying ants are expected to take to the skies this weekend, possibly descending on Wembley Stadium.
Weather conditions are excellent for the insects to mate while in flight around England for about three months each summer.
This, of course, covers northwest London, and the phenomena was demonstrated in a spectacular manner on Friday when the Met Office tweeted weather radar photographs of enormous swarms of flying ants around London, in addition to rain clouds.
“Our radar is picking up more than just #rain this morning – it’s actually insects!” the Met Office said. “Whilst there are a few rain showers, many of the echoes are in fact insects.”
Our radar is picking up more than just #rain this morning – it’s actually insects!
— Met Office (@metoffice) July 9, 2021
In the aftermath of the photo, insect experts predicted that the ants will annoy players and spectators alike at the Euro 2020 final, and that they would also likely appear on center court for the Wimbledon finals this weekend.
The swarms, according to Adam Hart, a professor of science communication at the University of Gloucestershire and a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, signaled the start of the flying ant season this year.
Professor Hart added: “If conditions are right on Sunday there may be more than three lions on shirts at Wembley and all around the country.”
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