The prolonged winter has affected everything from butterflies and bluebells to sales of summer Mum jeans at Next. Now, if you’re a hay fever sufferer, the delayed Spring is also going to bugger up your nasal passages for the foreseeable future.
Over the weekend, the pollen count went from zero to high and looks set to go nuts until June, says the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.
‘The cold spring meant a late start for pollen, with a pollen burst now in a condensed period,’ said Professor Roy Kennedy. ‘It means peak pollen levels early in the season – not later, as normal.’
The NHS are advising the UK’s 16 million hay fever sufferers to take precautions, such as washing your clothes after you’ve been outside and ‘wearing wraparound glasses.’
As if the prospect of constant sneezing and snot streaming down your chin wasn’t bad enough, now 16 million people are going to be walking around looking like Bono.
See you in the Autumn.