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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

 

Fungal spore high at times particularly in south & central regions. Weed pollen moderate in good weather. Grass pollen low.

This forecast was last updated on 28th August 2015.

Tree Pollen - Low

The tree pollen risk is now low.

Grass Pollen - Low

The grass pollen risk is now generally low. There are some grasses still flowering in central Scotland which will trigger a few sneezes on dry days.

Fungal Spore - High

The fungal spore risk will rise to high at times particularly in the southern and central regions of the UK. Northern and far Western areas will be generally moderate. Alternaria, Cladosporium, Epicoccum, Didymella, Aspergillus, Penicillium and Basidiospores are the most important types currently airborne. 

For more information on fungal spore allergy click here.

Weed Pollen - Moderate

 

The weed pollen risk will rise to moderate during warm sunny weather. Nettle, pellitory-of-the-wall, fat hen and some mugwort will be airborne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

For more information on the role of fungal spores in allergy, click here.

For more information on the role of pollen in allergy please see the following pages:

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 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.