Pollen levels are expected to skyrocket across Scotland this weekend, causing misery for those suffering from hay fever.
The Met Office’s daily pollen forecast map shows “high” levels on Sunday, with grass and weed spores in peak season and in full force.
Hay fever is particularly serious for many at the moment after the UK has experienced mostly humid weather in recent months, which has resulted in a decrease in the concentration of pollen in the air.
However, recent warm temperatures have prompted more pollen to be released into the air, causing symptoms to worsen in people with hay fever.
The ‘high’ pollen levels are expected to affect most of Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway, Lothians and the Borders, Strathclyde, Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian and the Highlands.
Grass pollen is in its peak season, and weeds – including nettle, wharf, and plantain – are also a problem.
The severity of pollen levels is measured by pollen grains per cubic meter (PPM). A reading of 61 to 341 for grass pollen is considered high and a reading of 78 to 266 for weed pollen.
The severity of pollen levels is measured by pollen grains per cubic meter (PPM) and regions are expected to have high forecasts through Tuesday.
The grass pollen forecast for Edinburgh is 270 PPM and Glasgow is 260 PPM and the weed pollen forecast for Edinburgh is 138 PPM and Glasgow is 133 PPM.
A reading of 61 to 341 for grass pollen is considered high and a reading of 78 to 266 for weed pollen, depending on the Kleenex Pollen Forecast.
The main symptoms of hay fever include sneezing and coughing, a runny or stuffy nose, itchy eyes or throat, and loss of smell.
The Met Office said National World : “We are seeing high and very high grass pollen levels in many places, which will have an impact on those affected.
“The weather does not by itself trigger the symptoms of hay fever, but it can help increase pollen counts. Different types of weather have different influences on pollen counts.
“We are currently in the peak grass pollen season when we will see high numbers, or very high numbers, in hot, dry weather.
“There are other flowering species as well, such as certain weeds, but the majority of people with hay fever are allergic to grass pollen.”
The hay fever season will start at different times depending on where you live in the UK.