2022 pollen outlook
Source: Met Office Press Office 10th June 2022
Although many species of tree have already passed their peak pollen release phase, the vast majority of hay fever sufferers have an allergy to grass pollen. With levels high or very high in many southern and central areas of the UK in the coming week, many are wondering if it’s worse than normal this year, and the answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think.
Yolanda said: “In terms of the numbers of pollen grains in the air, what we’re seeing isn’t especially noteworthy compared to what we’ve had in previous years. However, the potency of these pollen grains could be more intense this year, and that comes down to the weather we’ve had in spring.
“A warm and wet May, coupled with a relatively warm spring, means there’s a chance that the pollen that has developed is particularly potent, even if the amounts aren’t dramatically different.”
According to Met Office provisional statistics, May 2022 was the fifth warmest on record, with slightly above average rainfall for the UK. That, coupled with a warm spring overall, has meant good growing conditions for some species of grass.
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As the pollen grains floating around this year seem to be more potent, you may see a large increase in the number of patients coming in after they have tried to self-medicate with over-the-counter medication.
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