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‘Pollen bomb’ to hit UK over Bank Holiday weekend causing misery for hay fever sufferers as temperatures soar


A POLLEN bomb is set to strike the UK this Bank Holiday and cause misery for hay fever sufferers.

Britain is finally basking in some sunny weather and warm temperatures as summer approaches, after one of the wettest Mays on record.

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A medium grass pollen risk is forecast across the country through into Monday

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A medium grass pollen risk is forecast across the country through into MondayCredit: Shutterstock

But a medium grass pollen risk is forecast across the country through into Monday, according to the Met Office.

Data from the Kleenex Pollen Forecast, meanwhile, shows pollen levels are continuing to climb with peak pollen season ahead of us.

People flocked to Birling Gap, Seven Sisters National Park, East Sussex this long weekend

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People flocked to Birling Gap, Seven Sisters National Park, East Sussex this long weekendCredit: jon santa cruz
Beaches were packed in Brighton yesterday

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Beaches were packed in Brighton yesterdayCredit: i-Images
A hen do punting in Cambridge yesterday

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A hen do punting in Cambridge yesterdayCredit: PA

Sunny weather and temperatures up to 20 degrees are forecast across the UK over the Bank Holiday, which are expected to contribute heavily to higher pollen levels.

According to New Scientist, plants need a period of cold then warm temperatures in order to flower – but this can be hampered by longer winters.

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People take a Saturday stroll in Victoria Park, east London

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People take a Saturday stroll in Victoria Park, east LondonCredit: LNP
Students Caitie Gunning, 21, and, white bikini, Issy Farthing, 20, enjoying a day trip to Bournemouth beach

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Students Caitie Gunning, 21, and, white bikini, Issy Farthing, 20, enjoying a day trip to Bournemouth beachCredit: BNPS

Flowers that couldn’t sprout in the spring will sudden explode into life all at once, hence the term “pollen bomb”.

A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 very high.

Regions with high forecasts for tree pollen:

London: 277 PPM

Belfast: 285 PPM

Bristol: 267 PPM

Leeds: 272 PPM

Leicester: 289 PPM

Liverpool: 290 PPM

Manchester: 281 PPM

Nottingham: 288 PPM

The Kleenex Pollen Forecast provides a detailed pollen count for all 1.7 million postcodes across the UK three days in advance, enabling those with hay fever to plan days out using pollen data specific to their local town or city, rather than a broad national forecast.

Its data is sourced from Ambee, which collates information from pollen traps across the country, about local weather on the day and on different types of trees, weeds and grass in a specific area.

Amena Warner, Head of Clinical Services, Allergy UK, has shared advice for hay fever sufferers on how they can manage symptoms when meeting friends and family in the garden, pub or park:

Consider your wardrobe choices

Accessories like hats and wraparound sunglasses can stop pollen from reaching face, hair and importantly, eyes

Try using an allergen barrier balm

Grouping together for a quick snap in Camber yesterday

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Grouping together for a quick snap in Camber yesterdayCredit: Alamy
Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock in Dorset is packed with holidaymakers this bank holiday weekend

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Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Burton Bradstock in Dorset is packed with holidaymakers this bank holiday weekendCredit: Graham Hunt/BNPS

Some allergy sufferers find that applying an allergen barrier balm around the base of the nostrils and around sunglasses creates a barrier to airborne allergens

Schedule your daily outings carefully

Always check the Kleenex Pollen Forecast before leaving the house. Monitoring pollen levels daily can help you plan ahead to manage your symptoms

UK weather forecast for Sunday 30 May- warm and dry with strong sunshine





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