10 May 2018

Pollen thunderstorm on route!

Weather forecast: UK faces violent THUNDERSTORMS and soaring pollen as THUNDER FEVER hits

Despite forecasts for falling temperatures hay-fever sufferers can expect no relief with the agony forecast into mid-summer.

Extreme heat and dry weather over the past few days has prompted trees to burst into bloom hurling clouds of pollen into the air.

Stormy conditions forecast over the next few days could make matters worse by creating highly allergenic ‘super-pollen’, experts warn.

Thunderstorms and lightning smash tiny airborne irritants into smaller particles doubling their numbers and raising their potency.

Allergy sufferers are warned not to be fooled into a false sense of security by cooler conditions and stock up on antihistamines and nasal balms.

Roads and pavements around the country left under carpets of white fluffy seed pods indicate exploding pollen levels, experts say.

Alder, Birch and Hazel trees are the main villains with fields of rapeseed bursting into flower after the hot weather compounding the misery for millions of Britons.

Grass pollen, which is expected to fill the air during the second half of May, will dish up a triple-whammy of hay-fever hell, allergy professionals warn.

Max Wiseberg, founder of HayMax allergy barrier balms and airborne allergens expert, said pollen levels are expected to remain high into July.

He said: “The warm weather we have seen over the past week has brought all the trees into bloom, this combined with the rapeseed flowering season means a tough time for allergy sufferers lies ahead.

“Another problem occurs when we have thunderstorms after periods of hot weather, these can cause the formation of a form of super-pollen making things much worse for sufferers.

“Pollen grains are broken up leading to double the amount of irritant particles in the air, they become much more allergenic in this form causing what is known as ‘thunder fever’.

“The recent hot weather after the bitter cold start to spring has meant that trees have suddenly burst into bloom all at once over the past few days.

“Carpets of white fluff and yellow powder on roads and cars are an indicator that tree flowers and pods have released large amounts of pollen into the air.”

Hay-fever suffers are warned the misery is about to crank up a notch with grass pollen season around the corner.

Grass-related hay fever tends to affect more people compared to tree and flower allergies, Mr Wiseberg added.

He said: “Grass pollen season starts around the second half of May and this could take us to the end of July.

“Grass pollen affects many more people with around 95 per cent of hay-fever sufferers allergic to grass compared to 25 per cent who are allergic to tree pollen.

“Right now, people who are allergic to tree pollen are having a bad time especially with exam season about to get underway.

“This could get worse as we go through the second half of May and into the start of summer.”

Pollen counts will rise across eastern England ahead of the weekend with moderate levels expected elsewhere, according to the Met Office’s forecast.

Temperatures will fall widely into the mid-teens over the coming days while the southeast holds on to the best of the weather.

Conditions could turn more unsettled over the weekend bringing the risk of thunderstorms into next week, government forecasters warned.

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Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “There is a chance that this weekend will bring the risk of thunder and hail.

“A band of rain will pass eastwards on Saturday bringing the heaviest showers to the northeast while across the south we expect sunshine and showers, it is here where there is the greatest risk of thundery outbreaks.

“It is a similar picture on Sunday with another slow-moving band of rain and the risk of thunder in southern and western parts.

“Again on Monday there is a risk of thunder in central and southern regions.

“Temperatures will be highest in the southeast, we could see 20C  (68F) in London, elsewhere we expect highs of between 15C (59F) and 17C (62.6F).”

Allergy UK urged people suffering from asthma and pollen allergies to keep medications to hand as the weather changes.

Allergy UK Nurse Advisor Holly Shaw said: “Prolonged periods of warm, dry weather can lead to higher levels of pollen in the atmosphere.

“When the weather conditions change, for example when thunder storms are predicted, this can be a risk factor for those with hay fever and allergic asthma which can be triggered by small pollen particles  that are breathed in through the nose and taken deep into the lungs where they cause inflammation which can trigger asthma symptoms.

“It is important for those with both hay fever and asthma that their hay fever is well controlled, if not this  can effect asthma control and may lead to an asthma attack.

“It is important to ensure that when these weather changes are forecast those living with hay fever and asthma carry their allergy medication is available at all times, recognise  their allergy symptoms early.”

Original Article: https://www.express.co.uk/news/weather/957482/UK-weather-forecast-thunderstorm-rain-today-pollen-levels-2018-May-forecast-Met-Office

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