The effects of hay fever are already beginning to be felt across the UK, with grass pollen now in full focus following spring releases of many types of tree pollen, the Met Office said
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Met Office forecasters warn hay fever sufferers of “particularly” strong pollen.
The effects of hay fever are already beginning to be felt across the UK, with grass pollen now in full focus following spring releases of many types of tree pollen.
The Met Office said the pollen forecast for many areas in England and Wales over the next week is high or very high as various grass species are now shedding pollen into the air.
This is expected to continue to affect one in five people suffering from hay fever in the UK.
Pollen grain potency could be more intense this year, the Met Office has warned.
Speaking to the Weather Snap podcast, Yolanda Clewlow, Met Office relationship manager for health and air quality, said: “The grass pollen season usually follows a fairly constant pattern and there tends to be two peaks, one in the first half of June and then another in early July.
“That’s because we have about 150 different types of grass, and they all flower at different times in the spring and summer, even though only some of them are allergenic.”
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Yolanda said: “In terms of the number of pollen grains in the air, what we’re seeing isn’t particularly remarkable compared to what we’ve had in previous years. However, the potency of these pollen grains could be that intense year and that is related to the weather we had in spring.
“A warm and wet May coupled with a relatively warm spring means the pollen that has developed may be particularly heavy, although the amounts aren’t dramatically different.”
According to preliminary statistics from the Met Office, May 2022 was the fifth warmest on record, with rainfall slightly above average for the UK.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/particularly-potent-pollen-causing-worsen-27206959 'Particularly strong' pollen making hay fever symptoms worse, Met Office warns