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Do you suffer from hay fever? Our pollen forecast is updated daily for any location in the UK. Use it to help manage your allergy symptoms and have a busy active life.
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One of the challenges for people with hay fever is avoiding pollen. It’s invisible. Clouds of the pesky stuff can fill the air and the first you know about it is when you start sneezing. That’s why the pollen count, pollen forecast and pollen calendar are so useful. They’re your hay fever early warning system.
How to use the pollen forecast
Check the pollen forecast daily and be prepared before you go out the door. During pollen season you really want to know what’s in the air. Not only right where you are but also where you want to go. A pollen forecast shows you the pollen count for the day and helps you predict when your hay fever is likely to strike. So you can better plan your life.
How does the pollen count work?
The pollen count started in the 1950s when a doctor, William Frankland, wanted to help his allergy patients – he had hay fever too. The pollen count tells you how pollen-y the air is, or was over the most recent 24 hour measuring period.
We get the pollen count from the Met Office. It has traps on roofs all over the country. Every day from March to September someone collects the grains and counts them under a microscope. What a job!
What if I want to plan further ahead?
Then you’d probably check the pollen forecast for the next few days, for example the 3-day forecast in our app, Klara.
The plants usually causing hay fever trouble are the ones that distribute pollen by air rather than relying on bees and other insects. They release millions of grains a day. And these can travel hundreds of miles through the air. It’s little wonder hay fever symptoms are usually more severe in a hot spell or when it’s windy.
A pollen forecast aims to spot this coming. The 3-day pollen forecast in Klara combines the pollen count with weather forecast data to predict the level of allergens that are about to be flying around.
What to do when the pollen forecast is high
Try to plan indoor activities if you can. Clearly that won’t always work. So if you do have to leave home on a day with high pollen counts you can try to reduce your exposure. Protect your eyes from pollen with sunglasses; preferably the wrap-around kind. Some people even like to wear a face mask or a more discrete nasal filter to stop the tiny grains invading and irritating their airways.
Keep the pollen forecast low in your home
Your home should be a sneeze-free haven. Here are a few tricks to help keep pollen from coming indoors.
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