Met Office warns dramatic weather shift will hit 'half' of UK 'tomorrow'

The Met Office has issued a warning over a weather shift hitting the UK TOMORROW. The Met Office has warned over "high" pollen levels on Thursday June 6 with hayfever hell set to strike half of the country on the fourth day of the working week.

The South West, South East and the East of England will all be hit by a pollen bomb as of Thursday. The East and West Midlands will also be affected, as will Yorkshire and the Humber and Wales on the penultimate day of the working week.

Holly Shaw, a nurse advisor for Allergy UK, warned: "The condition is becoming more common, partly due to better diagnosis, but also to due to climate change, with warmer temperatures causing pollen seasons to start earlier and last longer."

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"Pollen counts are higher on dry warm days with low humidity and a gentle breeze to help disperse the fine pollen granules into the air and keep the pollen grains circulating", Holly explained. "Some people may experience sneezing bouts, whilst others may have more severe symptoms which affect daily activates," Holly said.

"Hay fever can have a huge impact on quality of life if it is not treated or well managed," she warned. "Having severe hay fever can affect someone’s ability to participate in outdoor activities, affect their mental health and even have a detrimental impact on careers, especially for someone who works outdoors."

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is one of the most prevalent allergies in the country, affecting an estimated one in two Brits. Symptoms typically occur when the pollen count is at its highest - during warm, humid and windy weather. In the event of a ‘pollen bomb’ a massive release, which can sometimes resemble smoke, travels through the air from trees that have stored huge stacks of pollen.

"Wheezing or difficulty breathing can occur if you also have allergic asthma," she added. Erika Radford, Head of Health Advice at Asthma + Lung UK, told The Sun: “More than three million people with asthma are affected by pollen and when levels are at their highest it can be deadly for those with a lung condition.

"Hay fever can trigger asthma symptoms and increase the risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack." She added: "If symptoms do not respond to usual asthma treatments, symptoms are getting worse, or if someone develops a wheeze or breathing difficulties with hay fever for the first time, it is important to quickly seek medical advice."