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Pollen Bomb Forecast For Bank Holiday Weekend As Summer Finally Arrives

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Pollen Bomb Forecast For Bank Holiday Weekend As Summer Finally Arrives

Hay fever sufferers, take note - a pollen bomb is forecast for the bank holiday weekend.

According to data from the Kleenex Pollen Forecast, pollen levels across the country are rising this week, and into the weekend - so prepare for runny noses and plenty of sneezing!

Hay fever sufferers, take note - a pollen bomb is forecast for the bank holiday weekend (Credit: Shutterstock)
Hay fever sufferers, take note - a pollen bomb is forecast for the bank holiday weekend (Credit: Shutterstock)

The late May bank holiday weekend is set to finally bring some warm weather - and mark the end of a very rainy spell - but along with the balmy climes comes some high pollen levels.

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Kleenex explain how the severity of pollen levels is measured by Pollen Grains Per Cubic Metre (PPM). A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 very high.

You can find the levels by region below:

London: 277 PPM

Belfast: 285 PPM

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Bristol: 267 PPM

Leeds: 272PPM

Leicester: 289PPM

Liverpool: 290 PPM

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Manchester: 281 PPM

Nottingham: 288 PPM

The different pollen levels vary by region (Credit: Pexels)
The different pollen levels vary by region (Credit: Pexels)

If you have plans to be out and about this weekend, fear not. Amena Warner, Head of Clinical Services at Allergy UK, has offered up some top tips for managing symptoms.

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She explained how considering your wardrobe choices is essential, noting that accessories such as hats and sunglasses are useful in stopping pollen reaching the face and eyes.

Using an allergen barrier balm is also a good idea, and can be used around the base of nostrils and around sunglasses to help create a barrier.

If possible, it can also be helpful to schedule your outings around the times the pollen count is at its lowest, and always try to shower when you get home.

Amena offered up some top tips for managing symptoms (Credit: Unsplash)
Amena offered up some top tips for managing symptoms (Credit: Unsplash)
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Amena added: "Despite the expected spike in pollen levels this late May Bank holiday weekend, most hay fever is manageable if you take the necessary steps to prepare yourself, so we're pleased to be working with Kleenex to help sufferers keep track of pollen levels and not get caught out by encouraging them to check The Kleenex Pollen Forecast when leaving the house."

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Topics: Life News

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