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Pollen forecast

We produce and supply the pollen forecasts for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office.

Summary and Weekly Synopsis

Low to moderate tree pollen this week. Fungal spores moderate for aspergillus/penicillium types.

This forecast was last updated on 12th February 2016.

Tree Pollen - Moderate

Hazel pollen is now in peak period in many regions. The Alder pollen season has started in southern and central regions. The pollen risk will be mainly low this week but could reach moderate on any dry sunny days across the central regions.

 

Grass Pollen - Low

The grass pollen risk will be low all regions until the late Spring.

Fungal Spore - Moderate

The spore risk will be low for most types but moderate for Aspergillus & Penicillium types during milder damp weather. This will continue until mid-February although the risk will be very low during any cold frosty periods.

For more information on fungal spore allergy click here

Weed Pollen - Low

The weed pollen risk will be low in all regions until next summer.

Other information

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.

Further Information

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 available from the University of Worcester from September to early November. Please contact Beverley on the number above for details.

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.