Swarms of flying ants are over London again and a radar thinks it is raining

We thought flying ant day had been and gone for another year?! Sadly, it seems not and we could soon be having to dodge more of the winged creatures.

Swarms of flying ants are over London again on Friday, July 17 and there are so many of them that the Met Office weather radar has picked them up and thinks they are rain.

So your face mask may come in handy for more than one reason when out for the rest of the day.

The Met Office tweeted at 11.40am on Friday, July 17: “It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise.

“The radar is actually picking up a swarm of flying ants across the southeast.

“During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days.”

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A similar glitch happened on Monday, July 13 when Good Morning Britain’s (GMB) weather reporter Laura Tobin showed presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard the weather radar ITV uses which had picked up huge numbers of flying ants after Ben said he spotted “tons” of “big” flying ants.

Laura said “millions and millions of flying ants were picked up by the radar so it looked like it was raining”.

Flying ants descended in a mob and filled the skies across London on Sunday, July 12.

Londoners were understandably freaked out, with the creepy insects turning a nice day enjoying the lovely weather into something more like a horror film – especially when you discover the queen ants chew off their own wings after mating then start to crawl around.

There is a reason why flying ant day (or season as we are getting this year) always happens on a warm sunny day – the ants need the ideal conditions to take to the skies to find a mate and a new place to set up a nest and these conditions happen to be hot and humid temperatures.

These flying beasties might be super annoying, but they won’t hurt you. Plus they provide loads of extra food for hungry birds!

Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks you can deploy to keep the beasties away using things you probably have lying around the house.


My London – Local News