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Pollen Count in the UK for 2013

Different types of pollen are released throughout the year and affect certain areas of the UK differently from others. The pollen count for the UK during 2013, usually posted by the Met Office or other sites and organisations in conjunction with Met Office data, can help allergy sufferers avoid allergic reactions and plan their summers.

Types of Pollen

Pollen count in the UK for 2013 will rise during the pollen season, from March to August. However, high pollen counts can fluctuant, meaning they may last longer or less some years.

Pollen season in the UK is split into three seasons, and three types of pollen:

  • Tree pollen between March and mid-May;
  • Grass pollen between May and July;
  • Weed pollen from June to September.

Not everyone who suffers from allergic reactions to pollen will be effected throughout the summer. Some individuals are only affected by certain types of pollen during different times of the season, as most reactions are only due to specific allergens.

Most people are allergic to grass pollen, which occurs in May through to July (early Summer months). However, allergic reactions and hay fever only occur when the pollen count per cubic meter reaches over 50.

If you suffer from hay fever or reactions to certain allergens, keeping an eye on the pollen count is important to your own help and planning a hitch-free summer. Weather conditions, humidity and even global weather can influence the strength of pollen and the pollen count, so it's not guaranteed that the type of pollen that affects you will only appear at certain times of the year.

Finding the Pollen Count

You can access to the pollen count for the UK in 2013 by watching the weather forecast, which will relay a pollen warning if one has been issued. Alternatively, you can visit Metoffice.gov.uk to find the latest information on pollen count, weather, allergy prevention and public health information.

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