We produce and supply the pollen forecasts for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office. This forecast was last updated on 8 October 2018
Summary and Weekly Synopsis
6-12 October: Fungal spore risk generally moderate but low in Scotland. Pollen risk very low.
Tree Pollen - Low
The tree pollen risk is currently very low for most types. However, for those affected by cedar (Cedrus) trees, the pollen risk will increase to locally high during dry windy weather. Only a small minority of people in the UK are affected by this type.
Grass Pollen - Low
The grass pollen season is finished with all regions now at very low levels.
Fungal Spore - Moderate
Fungal spores will be at low to moderate levels in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Basidiospores (from mushrooms and toadstools)
Aspergillus and Penicillium are currently airborne and most likely to be triggering symptoms. Alternaria and Cladosporium are now at low risk.
Weed Pollen - Low
The weed pollen risk is very low and will remain that way until next Spring.
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 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.