We produce and supply the pollen forecasts for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office.
Summary and Weekly Synopsis
Some tree pollen from Alder and Hazel in mainly low amounts. Penicillium fungal spores airborne most regions.
This forecast was last updated on 16th January 2015.
Tree Pollen - Low
Hazel and alder trees are now flowering in many areas but the risk will be generally low this week with a higher risk for those in close proximity to these trees. Northern regions will start to be affected in late January or early February depending on the weather at the time.
Grass Pollen - Low
The grass pollen counts will remain low until the late Spring.
Fungal Spore - Moderate
The fungal spore levels will continue to rise to moderate at times for basidiospores and penicillium/aspergillus types. Central and southern UK will be the main areas affected. Penicillium often has a peak period in January and February.
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Weed Pollen - Low
The weed pollen counts will remain low until next Spring.
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) pollen can cause hay fever in a small number of sufferers but Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) given off by the crop can cause irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes in some people in close proximity to the crop.
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Further information on this service can be obtained from Beverley Adams-Groom on 01905 855411.
Forecasts are available on a regional basis to cover the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland. They can also be provided in detail for individual regions.
Daily forecasts are issued from the middle of March to the end of September. Tree pollen forecasts are issued in late spring (late March to Mid May). Grass pollen forecasts are issued from late May to August. Weed pollen forecasts are issued from July to the end of May. Fungal spore forecasts are also available on a daily basis from September to the end of November.
Daily forecasts are featured in newspapers, on radio, on television and various web pages.
All the forecasts are based on information from the quality controlled data produced by the National Pollen Monitoring Network, combined with the information from weather forecasts, local vegetation and typography types and information about biological factors and the weather in the preseason period that influences the amount of pollen produced.