Easter heat to wreak havoc for hay fever sufferers amid pollen spike

On Good Friday, and Saturday and Easter Sunday tree pollen levels are forecast to be high in parts of Scotland.

Warm weather in Scotland to wreak havoc for hay fever sufferers as pollen spikes over Easter weekend iStock
Experts are warning that along with the heat this weekend, tree pollen levels are set to surge.

While some will welcome the warmer weather, for others the temperature spike is expected to bring miserable hay fever symptoms.

Experts are warning that along with the heat this weekend, tree pollen levels are set to surge.

According to STV’s meteorologist Sean Batty, the Easter weekend won’t see a record-breaking heatwave but temperatures should reach the high teens on Saturday.

On Good Friday, and Saturday and Easter Sunday tree pollen levels are forecast to be high across much of Scotland.

Edinburgh’s pollen count is expected to peak on Friday at 489ppm.

However, Sunday will see the pollen count surge from 107ppm to 608ppm in Glasgow.

Perth, Dundee, Inverness, Stirling, Paisley, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld, Hamilton, Dunfermline, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Airdrie, Greenock, Glenrothes, Falkirk, Irvine, Dumfries and Motherwell are among the places predicted to experience high tree pollen levels.

Birch tree pollen is predicted over much of the country with charity Allergy UK warning it can carried long distances by the wind or even a light breeze, so that you do not need to be in direct contact with birch trees to experience symptoms.

 Birch tree pollen is predicted to reach high levels over much of the country.iStock
Birch tree pollen is predicted to reach high levels over much of the country.

Kleenex has developed new technology enhancing its pollen forecast, and users can now check the forecast at home and work locations up to five days in advance.

Jin Zhang, global medical director at the company, said: “When temperatures rise, primary sources of pollutants tend to increase, making the air quality even more challenging for millions of hay fever sufferers.

“As such, global warming will likely cause pollen seasons to start earlier and last longer.”