Bristol ‘pollen bomb’ this holiday weekend
People with hay fever have been warned to expect high levels of pollen during spring break.
After a largely soggy May, the British are making the most of the long-awaited period of sunny weather.
The Met Office predicts an average grass pollen risk in the southwest over the weekend and Monday.
But data from Kleenex Pollen Forecast shows pollen levels across the country this weekend continue to rise as we head into peak pollen season, which could lead to a wave of runny noses, sore eyes. and sneezing.
Sunny weather and temperatures of up to 20 degrees are expected across the UK on public holidays, which is expected to contribute significantly to higher pollen levels.
Kleenex Pollen Forecast
The severity of pollen levels is measured by pollen grains per cubic meter (PPM).
A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 is very high.
Selected regions with currently high forecasts for tree pollen in the UK on Sunday include:
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 detailed pollen counts for 1.7 million postcodes across the UK three days in advance, allowing people with hay fever to plan their days using specific pollen data to their local city, rather than general national forecasts.
Its data comes from Ambee, which gathers information from pollen traps across the country, on the local weather during the day, and on different types of trees, weeds and grass in a specific area.
Amena Warner, Clinical Services Manager, Allergy UK, gave advice to people with hay fever on how to manage symptoms when meeting friends and family in the garden, pub or park:
Consider your wardrobe choices
Accessories like wraparound hats and sunglasses can prevent pollen from reaching the face, hair, and most importantly, eyes.
Try using an allergen barrier balm
Some people with allergies find that applying an anti-allergenic balm around the base of the nostrils and around sunglasses creates a barrier against airborne allergens.
Plan your daily outings carefully
Always check the Kleenex pollen forecast before you leave the house. Daily monitoring of pollen levels can help you plan ahead to manage your symptoms
Take a shower when you get home
Pollen can stay on your skin and hair after being outdoors, so take a shower as soon as possible when you get home.
Always carry a pack of tissues with you
Ori Ben Shai, Vice President and General Manager of Kimberly-Clark UK, said: “We know how nasty hay fever can be and we are delighted to continue our partnership with Allergy UK to help the 13 million people. suffering from UK hay fever this summer.
“The Kleenex Pollen Forecast offers unparalleled insight into local pollen levels and should be of great help to anyone struggling with allergies.
“We recommend that anyone with hay fever symptoms check the pollen levels in their zip code daily to make sure they can prepare properly and don’t need to hide in the morning. inside while the sun is shining ”.