Why is hay fever so bad this year?

Angela Merkel has the EU in order but she can’t hold back a sneeze (Picture: Getty Images)

Hay fever is one of life’s most baffling irritations, especially if you’re a fan of beautiful flowers.

The intense allergic reaction to pollen and plant spores affects many millions of Brits, making their noses run, their eyes sore, their skin itchy and their heads achy.

It’s usually passed down through families, or you may develop it if your family has a history of asthma or eczema.

Some flower victims may be finding their hay fever is a lot more hideous this year than it usually is. So why is that?

Is there a reason your hay fever has gone through the roof? (Picture: Getty)

Hay fever is most intense between mid-May and September.

Sufferers will also experience more severe symptoms when it’s windy, humid and warm (or a combination of all three).

Scientists from Allergy UK have predicted that June this year would be particularly bad due to the mix of rain and hot spells.

Both grass and weed pollen are circulating in their air at the moment and the pollen count is described as ‘very high’ by the Met Office.

This may be because cold weather in March meant there was a low pollen count at the time, but soaring temperatures have sent a lot of it into the air at once.

The cold weather maintained a low pollen count during March, but as Brits were hit with soaring temperatures over the weekend the pollen count soared.

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Today a spokesman for the Met Office said: ‘People should be aware that we are now in grass pollen season.

‘If you are a hay fever sufferer you are likely to start to feel real symptoms and they could be pretty strong this week because of the warm and sunny weather.’

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