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'Very high' Peterborough pollen forecast could cause hayfever havoc

The Met Office's five-day pollen forecast shows that hayfever sufferers could be in for a sneezy weekend, as grass pollen hits its peak season.
The first few weeks of June mark the first peak of grass pollen in England and Wales

The East of England, along with most other English regions, is forecast 'very high' pollen counts until at least Tuesday, June 15.

Although the weather will be very nice across the weekend, especially for those who want to tune into England's first Euro 2020 game at an outdoor viewing party, the first few weeks of June mark the first peak of grass pollen in England and Wales. The second, according to the Met Office, occurs in the first two weeks of July.

There is currently no cure for hayfever, but NHS England recommends the following things to ease symptoms:

  • put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen
  • wear wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting into your eyes
  • shower and change your clothes after you have been outside to wash pollen off
  • stay indoors whenever possible
  • keep windows and doors shut as much as possible
  • vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth
  • buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter

And it recommends avoiding the following:

  • do not cut grass or walk on grass
  • do not spend too much time outside
  • do not keep fresh flowers in the house
  • do not smoke or be around smoke – it makes your symptoms worse
  • do not dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen
  • do not let pets into the house if possible – they can carry pollen indoors

East Anglia may see some of the nicest weather in the country over the weekend, with Sunday forecast to reach 26C.