Pollen count today
If you have hay fever checking the pollen count every day can help you manage your symptoms. Want to know is pollen high in Manchester? Or is pollen high in London today? Or if you want to check pollen levels in any other location in the UK, you're in the right place! Our pollen forecast can give you the answers you need. Simply pop your location in the box at the top of the screen and you'll be able to see the pollen count today.
High pollen counts? Tackling your hay fever symptoms
How checking the pollen count can help
Avoiding pollen is one of the big challenges for people with hay fever symptoms. It’s invisible. Clouds of the pesky stuff can fill the air and the first hay fever sufferers know about it is when the sneezing starts, along with an itchy or runny nose and itchy watery eyes. Symptoms of hay fever may get worse during periods with a high pollen count.
During pollen season, it can be helpful to know what’s in the air, even more so during peak season. Detailed information about the pollen count, pollen forecast, weather forecasts and pollen calendar can be your early warning system. The UK pollen forecast can show you where and when levels are expected to be high.
How do I know my pollen count today?
We’ve partnered with BreezoMeter for our pollen forecast on this page and in our allergy app. Using technology and advanced data analytics, BreezoMeter provides continuous location-based air quality and pollen data.
BreezoMeter organises different pollen data sources to create standardisation in the measurement of pollen emissions and reporting. The technology covers more than 65 countries worldwide.
Our personalised app: the pollen count today AND a 3-day forecast
With the data analytics of BreezoMeter behind it, the klarify app offers you location-based pollen forecasts and current pollen levels for specific tree, grasses and weed pollen. As well as air quality information and weather data.
Pollen forecasts are more complicated than you may think. You see, pollen allergy is a very personal thing. And the pollen count affects everyone differently.
Use the app to log how your hay fever is making you feel each day and klarify will give you personalised allergy insights tailored just for you. You can check the pollen count daily or you can get alerts that show when pollen levels are changing in your area. The app gives you pollen forecasts for grass pollen, tree pollen and weed pollen. klarify combines current pollen levels with your allergy log to give you a personalised experience.
With the klarify app, as well as pollen forecasts, weather forecasts and air quality data you’ll get detailed information on how to take better care of your symptoms, find out about treatment options and much more. All this information is available on your smart device wherever you are.
Download the free klarify app and keep on top of your hay fever today, tomorrow and every day.
What pollen is causing hay fever now?
Are you regularly checking pollen counts for different pollen types, but don't know which one to look out for? It can be a challenge to determine exactly which pollen is causing your symptoms. How you experience your hay fever depends on what your trigger is, where you live and the weather. Everyone has a personal pollen allergy season. And if you have hay fever, you may be allergic to only one, or to several different pollen types. Allergy testing
What month is pollen at its highest?
It depends on the region and the climate, but pollen is typically released from early spring, through the summer months and into autumn. Climate change is affecting the pollen count. The timing of tree and grass pollen seasons depends on when spring temperatures break the winter. Climate change may be prolonging the pollen season of some plants and trees.
As a general guide, this is when the pollen count is high for the different types of pollen in the UK:
Pollen count and pollen calendar
Tree pollen – can start in January, peaks March to May
Grass pollen – early spring until late summer, peaks May to July
- Weed pollen – June to September
Our pollen calendar takes the long view. It uses past pollen count data collected over several years to show which plants are usually active during which months in the UK.
The pollen calendar covers the whole year because there can still be pollen in the air in winter even if the count isn’t happening.
Weather plays its part in high pollen counts and distributing pollen
The plants usually causing seasonal allergy trouble are the ones that distribute pollen by wind rather than relying on bees and other insects. Many different types of pollen can cause pollen allergy. We're talking tree pollen, grass pollen and weed pollen.
As part of their pollination process these plants release millions of grains a day. And these grains can travel hundreds of miles carried by the wind. It’s little wonder pollen counts are usually higher in a hot spell or when it’s windy.
Sun and rain can have an impact on the pollen count and the pollen season. Rain helps pollinating plants grow well and if it’s followed by dry weather, pollen can be in abundance. Dry windy weather provides the ideal conditions for a high level of pollen to be carried in the wind as the grains are so small and light.
As our climate changes and environmental patterns become harder to predict, pollen seasons also become less regular and more difficult to forecast. BreezoMeter uses sophisticated AI-driven data analysis and prediction methods to deliver accurate and timely 3-day pollen forecasts.
What is pollen allergy?
Pollen allergy is a common allergic reaction to pollen. Pollen allergy is also known as seasonal allergies or hay fever. The medical name is seasonal allergic rhinitis.
Certain plants release pollen into the air as part of their reproductive process. Trees, weeds and grasses can release masses of pollen grains into the air at any one time. That's when pollen counts go up.
Hay fever is when your immune system overreacts to the pollen grains in the air resulting in an allergic reaction. When you have hay fever, you’re typically more likely to experience symptoms during late spring and early summer – depending on the type of pollen you’re reacting to and the pollen count, of course.
Pollen allergies are increasing, especially in urban areas. Hay fever symptoms
can affect adults and children. Closely monitoring the daily pollen count and latest forecast can help you take proactive action to manage your allergy health and the allergy health of your family.
Typical symptoms include:
4 tips to try when the pollen forecast shows high pollen counts
- Stuffy nose
- Runny nose, usually with clear fluid
- Itchy nose, palate and throat
- Post-nasal drip (the feeling of mucus moving down the back of your throat)
- Itchy, red or watery eyes
- Tight chest or wheezing
- Sinus inflammation/pain
Avoiding your trigger pollen is challenging, but there are a few things you can try to reduce your contact with it when you're outdoors:
5 tips to help remove pollen from your home
- Try to plan indoor activities if you can
- If you take allergy meds, it might be a good idea to take them before you head outside. But always follow the guidance of your doctor or pharmacist.
- If you do have to leave home on a day with high pollen counts, protect your eyes with wraparound sunglasses.
- Wear a face mask or a discrete nasal filter to stop the tiny grains from invading and irritating your airways.
It's almost impossible to avoid pollen getting into your home but there are things you can do to help reduce it, which may help reduce those annoying hay fever symptoms. Try our 5 tips:
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- Keep windows and doors closed whenever possible, especially in the spring and summer.
- Only air your rooms when the pollen count is low.
- Consider installing air conditioning or using special air purifiers.
- Wash your hair before going to bed and leave your clothes outside your bedroom.
- Don't dry your washed clothes outside. Use a tumble dryer or hang your laundry up indoors instead.
Our UK pollen forecast shows you the pollen levels for the day and helps you predict when your allergy is likely to strike. And then you can better plan your activities. Check today's pollen count every day and be prepared before you go outside.
To get daily pollen levels, weather and air quality data for anywhere in the UK, plus 3-day forecasts, download klarify today.
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