Met Office hay fever warning as sufferers urged to take care in 23C heat

The Met Office forecasts high grass pollen and fungal spores across the South West this weekend
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The Met Office has advised hay fever sufferers to break out the antihistamines and tissue boxes this weekend in anticipation of high pollen levels. The forecaster has issued a hay fever warning for Saturday, June 1 and Sunday June 2, with lots of sunshine and high temperatures predicted.

Grass pollen is expected to be widespread because of the warm and dry weather. In addition, nettle, dock and plantain pollen will also be present, and fungal spores are also forecast to be high.

These can trigger respiratory symptoms - such as sneezing, runny nose, cough, congestion and wheezing - in some sufferers. The Met Office also said there will be some Alternaria and medium Cladosporium during warmer spells, with Leptosphaeria higher after rain, reports MyLondon.

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Pollen levels are predicted to be particularly high in the South West and across the South and Midlands, heightened by warm weather. Temperatures could reach up to 23C in parts of the country, with sunny and clear skies over the weekend.

Alex Burkhill, meteorologist at the Met Office, said in his latest forecast: "Through Saturday, and away from the very far east of England, it's going be a fine picture. Plenty of fine, settled weather around, lots of sunshine, not necessarily wall-to-wall blue skies but nevertheless a largely bright and sunny day.

"Across the far of England, East Anglia, we'll have some thicker cloud and a few outbreaks of rain perhaps, but it doesn't look like it'll be as wet as Friday. Elsewhere, one or two showers or possible but really, these are very hard to come by. Even if you do catch a shower, they won't last particularly long and will be light."

Sunday is also set to bring sunshine to the South West and the mercury could range between 20-23C in the region. Forecasts from Monday onwards, however, show a more mixed picture.

Met Office South West forecast

Today

Dry on Saturday with plenty of sunshine to start the day. A little cloud will bubble up in the afternoon, but there will still be plenty of warm sunny spells. Maximum temperature 21 °C.

Tonight

Cloud will melt away this evening to bring some late sunshine. Dry overnight with clear skies, and few mist patches. Minimum temperature 12 °C.

Sunday

Sunny and warm on Sunday with light winds. A veil of high cloud will turn the sunshine hazy in places during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 22 °C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday

More changeable to start the new week. Cloudy on Monday, perhaps with some drizzle. Brighter and warmer on Tuesday, before further cloud and patchy rain arrives on Wednesday.