We produce and supply the pollen forecasts for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office.
Summary and Weekly Synopsis
A high spore risk during the unseasonally mild weather then decreasing to moderate mid-week. Pollen risk remaining low.
This forecast was last updated on 17th October 2014.
Tree Pollen - Low
The tree pollen risk will remain low until the hazel trees start flowering from late December or January.
Grass Pollen - Low
The grass pollen counts will remain low for the rest of the year.
Fungal Spore - High
As we will experience some very mild and humid weather, initially the risk will be high in the south and central regions. During the working week the risk will decrease to low to moderate levels as colder weather moves in. The lowest risk will be in the northern regions but even the most northern areas will have a moderate risk during the mildest weather. Penicillium basidiospores sporobolomyces tilletiopsis and Cladosporium will be airborne this week.
Weed Pollen - Low
The weed pollen season is in decline and the counts will remain low.
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.