Euro 2021: An invasion of flying ants stalks Wembley in time for the final

The Met Office radars have detected a cloud of millions of insects in southeast London that could occasionally reach the stadium.

Fans, around Wembley.REUTERS

An invasion of flying ants stalks Wembley in time for the final between England and Italy. The Met Office radars have detected since Friday a cloud of millions of insects in the southeast of London that could occasionally reach the northwest and affect the stadium.

The weather forecast is cloudy and with a temperature around 20 degrees, with a slight risk of rain in the afternoon. In recent weeks, the south of England has registered higher than usual rainfall at this time, which has softened the earth and led to the massive appearance of flying ants.

“Our radars have detected more than rain this morning: we are checking for the presence of flying insects,” could be read in a Twitter entry from the Met Office. “While we confirm that there is little rain (in the south of England) the echo that reaches us is in fact caused by insects.”

The “clouds” visible in some areas of the British capital – converted for a day into the “capital” of Europe – are made up of queen ants and winged males in full “nuptial flight.” Although they are more common with the first rains of spring and early autumn, the humidity of these last weeks has led to the curious phenomenon.

“If conditions are favorable this Sunday, there may be more than three lions on the shirts of the English players at Wembley,” the entomologist told Sky News. Adam hart, from the University of Gloucestershire, warning of the risk of an invasion of winged ants in nuptial flight: “We are only at the beginning of the mating season.”

Wimbledon regular

The presence of flying ants is common every summer at the Wimbledon tournament, which is usually held under heavy clouds and in permanent threat of rain, although the forecast for the final between Novak Djokovic Y Matteo berretini It was dry from start to finish.

For the Wembley final, sweeping home, the weatherman Greg dewhurst ventures a forecast similar to that of 55 years ago in the old stadium, when England were proclaimed World Champions 4-2 against the Federal Republic of Germany: “I can say that the weather on July 30, 1966 was similar to what we will have this Sunday, with temperatures around 20 degrees and the risk of showers “.