Hay fever sufferers in Bristol have been warned to expect high pollen levels this May Bank Holiday weekend.
Pollen levels in the city are continuing to rise as we approach peak pollen season, according to data from the Kleenex Pollen Forecast.
Tree pollen readings have been forecast as particularly high over the next few days and could potentially lead to a wave of runny noses, sore eyes and sneezing fits across the city.
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 is very high. Bristol is set to reach an eye-watering 319 PPM on Saturday (May 1) and 389 PPM on Sunday (May 2).
This data is updated in real time, so hay fever sufferers are encouraged to check the Kleenex Pollen Forecast, a regional pollen tracking tool, for the latest pollen levels.
The pollen forecast data is sourced from Ambee, which collates information from pollen traps across the country, about local weather on the day and on different types of trees, weeds and grass in a specific area.
Ori Ben Shai, vice president and managing director, Kimberly-Clark UK, said: “We know how unpleasant hay fever can be and are delighted to continue our partnership with Allergy UK to help the UK’s 13 million hay fever sufferers this summer.
“The Kleenex Pollen Forecast offers unrivalled insight into local pollen levels and should be a big help for anyone struggling with allergies.
“We recommend that anyone with hay fever symptoms check pollen levels in their postcode daily to ensure they can prepare appropriately and need not hide inside while the sun is shining”.
For Bristolians still planning on heading outside this weekend, Amena Warner, head of clinical services at Allergy UK, has shared advice for hay fever sufferers on how they can manage symptoms when meeting friends and family in pubs, restaurants and gardens.
Top advice for hay fever sufferers
- Consider your wardrobe choices as accessories like hats and wraparound sunglasses can stop pollen from reaching face, hair and importantly, eyes
- Try using an allergen barrier balm as some allergy sufferers find that applying an allergen barrier balm around the base of the nostrils and around sunglasses creates a barrier to airborne allergens
- Schedule your daily outings carefully as monitoring pollen levels daily can help you plan ahead to manage your symptoms
- Shower when you return home – pollen can stay on your skin and hair after you’ve been outside, so take a shower as soon as possible when you return home
- Always carry a pack of tissues with you
The launch of the Pollen Forecast comes as Kleenex renews its partnership with Allergy UK to help support the UK’s hay fever sufferers through peak allergy season and Live Allergy Comfortable.
The partnership funding will allow Allergy UK to divert extra resources towards its helpline to ensure those really struggling with their symptoms are able to access expert support and guidance.
The Met Office five-day forecast for the South West
Some sunshine, however well-scattered showers to start with, becoming more widespread by afternoon. A few places could catch quite a heavy shower with hail, other locations dodging them. Rather cold, though perhaps feeling less so in sunshine and light winds.
Showers tending to fade back to exposed coastal counties, although the odd one could continue well inland. Many areas clear at times, with light winds allowing a frost in places.
A scattering of showers again, especially during the afternoon, with the odd heavier one still possible. Rather chilly but light winds and occasional sunshine should help to offset this.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday
Sunshine and showers on Sunday before many see a wet and windy day on Monday, clearing back to sunshine and showers for Tuesday. Still chilly with some night frost.