Pollen bomb forecast for Leeds over the May Bank Holiday weekend
Leeds folk – we’ve got some good news and some bad news for you.
The good news is that it looks like we’re finally going to see a start to summer this weekend, with sunny weather and temperatures reaching up to 20 degrees throughout the city during the holidays.
The bad news is that the city is expected to have significantly high pollen levels – a nightmare for those with hay fever.
Kleenex pollen forecast data shows pollen levels across the country this weekend continue to rise as we head into peak pollen season, which could lead to a wave of runny noses, eyes sore and sneezing all weekend long.
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The severity of pollen levels is measured by pollen grains per cubic meter (PPM). A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 is very high.
Leeds are expected to have a 282PPM throughout the bank holiday weekend.
Weather forecast for the Leeds public holiday
- Friday: 17C Light clouds and light winds, 251PPM.
- Saturday: 19C Sunny with light clouds and light winds, 273PPM
- Sunday: 21C Sunny with a light breeze, 282PPM
- Monday: 21C Sunny with a light breeze, 281PPM
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How to manage the symptoms of hay fever
- Consider your wardrobe choices: Accessories like wraparound hats and sunglasses can keep pollen from getting to the face, hair, and most importantly, eyes.
- Try using an anti-allergenic balm: Some people with allergies find that applying an anti-allergenic balm around the base of the nostrils and around sunglasses creates a barrier against airborne allergens.
- Plan your daily outings carefully
- Take a shower when you get home: the pollen can stay on your skin and hair after you get outside, so take a shower as soon as possible when you get home
- Always carry a pack of tissues with you
Amena Warner, Head of Clinical Services, Allergy UK, said: “Despite the expected spike in pollen levels this bank holiday weekend in late May, most hay fever is manageable if you take the necessary steps to prepare yourself.
“We are delighted to be working with Kleenex to help people with Alzheimer’s disease track pollen levels and avoid getting caught by encouraging them to view The Kleenex Pollen Forecast when leaving home.”