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Pollen forecast

We produce and supply the pollen forecasts for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office. This forecast is updated every Friday.

Summary and Weekly Synopsis

Spores will be at mainly low levels but sufferers from aspergillus, penicillium and basidiospores may get some symptoms.

This forecast was last updated on 21 October 2016.

Tree Pollen - Low

The tree pollen risk will remain low until the hazel trees start flowering (usually late January). 

Grass Pollen - Low

The grass pollen season has finished for 2016.


Fungal Spore - Moderate

The fungal spore risk will be at mainly at low levels but with occasional moderates during any mild and damp weather. Sufferers of Aspergillus and penicillium spores may continue to experience symptoms mainly when the weather is mild and humid.  Basidiospores from mushrooms, toadstools and bracket fungi are now in peak period too. Fungal spores affect around 10% of atopic individuals triggering a range of respiratory problems including asthma.

For more information on fungal spore allergy click here.

Weed Pollen - Low

Weeds have finished producing pollen for this season.

Other information

Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) pollen can cause hay fever in a small number of sufferers but Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) given off by the crop can cause irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes in some people in close proximity to the crop.

Further Information

Further information on this service can be obtained from Beverley Adams-Groom on 01905 855411.

Forecasts are available on a regional basis to cover the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland. They can also be provided in detail for individual regions.

Daily forecasts are issued from the middle of March to the end of September. Tree pollen forecasts are issued in late spring (late March to Mid May). Grass pollen forecasts are issued from late May to August. Weed pollen forecasts are issued from July to the end of May. Fungal spore forecasts are available from the University of Worcester from September to early November. Please contact Beverley on the number above for details.

Daily forecasts are featured in newspapers, on radio, on television and various web pages.

All the forecasts are based on information from the quality controlled data produced by the National Pollen Monitoring Network, combined with the information from weather forecasts, local vegetation and typography types and information about biological factors and the weather in the preseason period that influences the amount of pollen produced.