Hayfever sufferers beware: ‘Very high’ pollen levels are set to reach seasonal peak in coming weeks
- Hay fever sufferers can expect a miserable week as pollen levels hit a high
- The Met Office warned of a ‘very high’ count across southern England and Wales
- Conditions are better in Scotland and Northern Ireland but should worsen
Hay fever sufferers can expect a miserable week as pollen levels hit a seasonal high.
The Met Office yesterday warned of a ‘very high’ count across southern England and parts of Wales.
Conditions are better in Scotland and Northern Ireland but are expected to worsen in the coming weeks.
The spike has been caused by the prevailing weather and the start of the grass season, according to Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge.
Hay fever sufferers can expect a miserable week as pollen levels hit a seasonal high
”It is a combination of factors, partly meteorological – the sort of conditions that contribute to pollen release and spread – and also the fact that we have got the grass season.
‘Up to now most pollen release has been tree pollen, now we are getting into the grass pollen season in the South and it is very high,’ he said.
‘Those sensitive to pollen need to be aware pollen levels are very high in some parts.’
Pollen levels in the north of the UK are expected to increase as summer continues, he said.
‘As the season progresses more grasses come out and produce pollen,’ Mr Madge added.
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The Met Office yesterday warned of a ‘very high’ count across southern England and parts of Wales
‘We would expect ‘very high’ annually and monthly at some times we would get to those levels.
‘It is not unheard of but it is the highest category and sufferers need to take account of that.’
Up to 30 per cent of adults and around 40 per cent of children suffer from hay fever, estimates Allergy UK.
Those who suffer with the condition are advised to avoid alcohol, wear sunglasses outside, keep windows closed, change clothing regularly and shower to remove pollen from hair and skin.
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