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A first look at the grass pollen season

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Grass pollen well under way for South and Central Europe

Grass pollen is the most common pollen allergy in Europe and the season is well under way. Southern Europe sees a relatively early start, with high levels in most of France, Northern Italy and parts of Central Europe. Southern Sweden and the Baltic states are experiencing the onset of the season. The map below gives an estimate of current grass pollen levels.

Grass pollen 13 May 20
Estimated levels for grass pollen 13 May 2020. Red colour means high pollen levels, yellow moderate, dark green low-moderate and light green low levels.

Cold weather in the north continues

Scandinavia and the Baltic countries will still have to wait for the summer temperatures. In fact, snow still covers much of the land north of the polar circle, obviously delaying the grass pollen season. The south of Europe, in contrast, can expect temperatures normal or higher than usual for the season.

Temp diff 13-23 May 2020
Temperature differences from normals forecasted for 13 – 23 May 2020. Red and orange colour means warmer than normal, blue and green colour indicates colder than normal.

The week ahead – high levels in France and parts of central Europe

The high grass pollen levels in France and Northern Italy are expected to continue, parts of Germany and Poland can also expect red levels. As the weather forecasts for Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic countries predict low temperatures, we foresee none to low levels in this region.

Forecasted grass pollen  levels 23 May 2020
Forecasted grass pollen levels 23 May 2020. Red colour means high pollen levels, yellow moderate, dark green low-moderate and light green low levels.

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You may also be interested in our other stories on pollen in Europe. We will continue to keep you updated on the grass pollen levels and improve our models to give you as precise forecasts as possible.

Credits: Maps and figures created with contributions from Rasmus Moldstad Bakken.

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