August 13, 2022

It could be more unsettled elsewhere though

Brits are set to be treated to mini heatwave this weekend, as summer finally arrives with temperatures potentially reaching the dizzy heights of 24C in some areas.

The south of England in particular is set to be treated to some sunshine over the coming days. But it could be a lottery for many with unsettled weather also forecast in some parts of the country.

Met Office Forecaster Steven Dixon told the Sun: “There’s warmer air near the continent, as there often is this time of year, and that’s encroaching into southern areas of the country over the next few days

“Temperatures in the South East will be 23C and possibly could even soar to 24C tomorrow.”

In a tale as old as time though, the forecast for the north is more unsettled, with some areas potentially seeing wind and rain.

One things looks set to affect the entire nation though this weekend – high pollen levels.

In what will be bad news for many, very high pollen levels are predicted across the UK from Thursday onwards.

This won’t just be because of the sun and heat either. Thunderstorms could trigger a weather phenomenon known as “thunder fever.”

The UK will face ‘unseasonably’ strong winds later this week as ex-tropical storm Alex brings 45mph gusts in some areas – and pollen counts will be pushed to ‘high’ or ‘very high’ in all of England and Wales by Friday.

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The combination of a high pollen count, high temperatures and thunderstorms could cause so-called “thunder fever”, which is a more extreme version of hay fever.

Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg, creator of the HayMax allergen barrier balm, said: ‘With this fine weather thunderstorms are also predicted, and they can bring problems for hay fever sufferers.”

Wiseberg explained that the predicted thunderstorms would not give ‘respite’ to hay fever sufferers as the high pollen count and high temperatures create a phenomena referred to as ‘thunder fever’.

He added: “This appears to be more allergenic than normal pollen, causing more severe reactions in sufferers. Storms bring pollen grains down which might have otherwise risen above head height out of harm’s way and whipping up pollen grains and fungal spores near the ground.”

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