We produce and supply the pollen forecasts for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office.
Summary and Weekly Synopsis
The pollen risk will be mainly low but there will be the occasional moderate risk from some weeds on particularly warm and dry days. The fungal spore risk will be high.
This forecast was last updated on 29th August 2014.
Tree Pollen - Low
All tree pollen types will remain low until cedar trees flower in the autumn.
Grass Pollen - Low
The grass pollen counts will remain low for the rest of the year.
Fungal Spore - High
Fungal spores are still in the peak of their season so the risk will continue to be high. Variable weather will give a mixed risk however with cool weather reducing the spore risk at times while warm humid weather will mean a very high risk in places.
Weed Pollen -Low
The weed pollen risk will now be generally low as the season is drawing to a end. There will still be some chance of a moderate on particularly warm and dry days.
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 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.