THE STORMS and downpours are set to trigger a pollen bomb, bringing misery to millions of Brits who suffer from hay fever.

Across the country there will be high levels of tree pollen circulating – especially in the South.

Over the next few days the UK is set to be hit by rain, with the Met Office reminding people it's not just warm temperatures that can cause pollen levels to soar.

But there is some good news on the horizon, from Monday July 19, long range weather experts are predicting temperatures of 24C with no rain, followed by a solid week of 25C the following week.

 

  • Jon Rogers

    PERFECT PLACES TO STAYCATION THIS SUMMER

    These stunning photos reveal the UK’s hidden gems and feature locations such as the Lake District, Devon and the Cotswolds.

    A poll of 2,000 Brits has identified the places we’re most eager to visit this summer – with 38 per cent looking forward to exploring new places when they’re allowed.

    The Peak District and Yorkshire are among the top choices for a break – with the Isle of Wight and Snowdonia also sought after for a peaceful holiday.

    For the full list, click here.

  • Jon Rogers

    MONDAY SAW SHOWERS FOR MANY

    The wettest place in the UK was the Fair Isle which suffered 13.8mm, according to the Met Office.

    The hottest place in Britain was Cromer which saw the mercury rise to 17.9C.

    The Met Office said in a Twitter post: "After the first frost-free night since March, Monday was a showery day for many. Did you have any thunder and lightning?"

    Cromer was the warmest place in Britain on Monday
  • Jon Rogers

    BRITAIN TO BE SMASHED BY SEVEN DAYS OF RAIN

    Britain will be smashed by seven days of heavy rain from today with thunderstorms set to batter the UK.

    The Met Office's outlook for Monday to Wednesday says: "Generally unsettled with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, as well as some more prolonged periods of rain.

    "Some heavy bursts likely at times with a risk of thunderstorms."

    Read the full story here.

  • Jon Rogers

    AUSSIES WARNED ABOUT 'UNUSUAL' STORMS

    Residents along large parts of Australia's east coast are being urged to brace for unseasonably dangerous weather today.

    The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned severe thunderstorms are likely to slam north-east New South Wales and south-east Queensland with conditions expected to peak today.

    "With those severe thunderstorms, we're forecasting damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and there's already some thunderstorms and showers on the radar at the moment," Bureau meteorologist Sarah Scully told Today.

  • Jon Rogers

    TUESDAY MORNING FORECAST

    It's looking like there will be an east-west split in the weather on Tuesday morning.

    Eastern parts of the country are expected to be dry but western areas could see some rain.

    The Met Office said: "Tuesday morning starts on a dry note in the east with some sunshine but showers will already be falling across western parts, with some longer spells of rain for parts of Scotland."

    Scotland could see some long periods of rain on Tuesday morning

     

  • Jon Rogers

    MISERY FOR HAY FEVER SUFFERERS

    Millions of hay fever suffering Brits are set for misery this week as storms and downpours spark a pollen bomb.

    Across the country there will be high levels of tree pollen circulating – especially in the South.

    Over the next few days the UK is set to be hit by rain, with the Met Office reminding people today it's not just warm temperatures that can cause pollen levels to soar.

    The experts said pollen levels can be high even after rain, explaining: "During a thunderstorm¸ high humidity can split pollen grains, releasing a higher density of pollen into the surrounding air.

    "Any rainfall causes a marked decrease in pollen concentration in the air, but the time and amount that it rains during the day is very important.

    "Early, heavy and prolonged rain is likely to keep counts low all day whereas rain in the afternoon will have less of an impact."

  • Jon Rogers

    HEAVY SHOWERS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

    Scattered and persistent showers across Scotland on Wednesday will be locally heavy.

    Bright spells and a few showers elsewhere but rain for parts of southern England later, the Meteo Group forecasts.

    Unsettled on Thursday, with cloudy skies and scattered showers which will merge into longer spells of rain and will be locally heavy.

  • Jon Rogers

    TUESDAY'S FORECAST

    There will be a mostly dry start to Tuesday with some early sunny spells but patchy cloud will build and scattered showers will develop.

    Showers will be most frequent across England and Wales and will be locally heavy and persistent with a risk of thunder and lightning.

    Outbreaks of rain for north-west Scotland, the Meteo Group predicts.

    During the night rain will clear north-west Scotland and daytime showers will continue but will largely ease and weaken during the evening.

    Much of England and Wales will become dry with clear spells, however later on, showers will track northwards across northern areas, some turning heavy.

  • Jon Rogers

    GOOD NEWS FOR GARDENERS

    Keen gardeners have been given some good news for the week ahead as minimum temperatures are due to stay above freezing.

    The Met Office said: "Minimum temperatures overnight should hold up above freezing in towns and cities, with just a grass frost likely at times in rural areas."

    Overnight temperatures should stay above freezing this week
  • Jon Rogers

    THUNDERSTORMS STILL AFFECTING PARTS OF UK

    Thunderstorms and heavy showers are still affecting parts of the UK.

    The Met Office said in an update: "Heavy showers and #thunderstorms are still affecting parts of the West Midlands, Northern England, Scotland and the west of Northern Ireland.

    "As the sun lowers in the sky remember to watch out for a rainbow if a shower is close by."

    Thunderstorms are affecting the UK

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  • Alice Peacock

    KICK UP A STORM

    Britain will be smashed by seven days of heavy rain from today with thunderstorms set to batter the UK.

    Brits yesterday basked in a 20C mini-heatwave – but this week will see torrential downpours and possible flooding.

    Weather charts show up to 57mm of rain will fall between Monday and Sunday this week.

    Saturday saw torrential rain and gales across the country as a week’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours in some areas.

    Brecon Beacons in South Wales saw 125 mm of rain as the UK stuttered towards summer.

  • Alice Peacock

    FORECAST FOR YOUR MONDAY EVENING

  • Alice Peacock

    MIXED BAG FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

    A low pressure system is dominating weather in the UK this week.

    However, with mild Atlantic air being pulled across the UK, it won't be as cold as it was last week.

    Heavy, thundery downpours are likely each day, but with some warm, sunny spells at times, too.

  • Alice Peacock

    'MAMMATUS CLOUDS' IN FLEETWOOD

  • Alice Peacock

    WET WEATHER IMPACTS UK RETAIL FOOTFALL

    Footfall across UK retail destinations declined by 4.1% last week from the week prior, according to reports from Retail Sector.

    Activity in high streets dropped to 6.6%, whilst in retail parks and shopping centres footfall declined by just 1.3% and 1.5% amid the rainy conditions.

    The reduction in activity was widespread across the UK, spanning across all areas apart from Northern Ireland, where there was a rise in footfall of 21.1% reflecting the impact of the reopening of non-essential retail on Friday 30 April.

  • Hana Carter

    THUNDERSTORMS FOR PARTS OF THE UK

    The latest satellite image shows bright white shower and thunderstorm clouds across the UK, says the Met Office.

  • Hana Carter

    LOW PRESSURE DOMINATES WEATHER THIS WEEK

  • Alice Peacock

    PERFECT PLACES TO STAYCATION THIS SUMMER

    These stunning photos reveal the UK’s hidden gems and feature locations such as the Lake District, Devon and the Cotswolds.

    A poll of 2,000 Brits has identified the places we’re most eager to visit this summer – with 38 per cent looking forward to exploring new places when they’re allowed.

    The Peak District and Yorkshire are among the top choices for a break – with the Isle of Wight and Snowdonia also sought after for a peaceful holiday.

    For the full list, click here.v

  • Alice Peacock

    HAVE THE BROLLIES AT THE READY!

  • Alice Peacock

    ‘CRAZY SPRING’

    It’s been a “crazy spring so far,” reports Netweather TV.

    The website adds in its overview of the season’s weather so far: “At last we have much needed rain for the farmers and growers, in a crazy spring so far.

    “We have seen record high temperatures in March, followed by the coldest April over central England for 32 years.

    “It was also provisionally the driest, most frosty April since 1938 in some localities, due to frequent ‘spring northerlies’.

    “These can persist on and off until around 20th May, before a re-organisation of the pressure systems brings a change to warmer weather.”

  • Alice Peacock

    POLLEN LEVELS CAN BE HIGH EVEN AFTER RAIN

    High humidity during a thunderstorm can split pollen grains, releasing a higher density of pollen into the surrounding air.

  • Alice Peacock

    WETTEST MAY ODDS ON WITH BOOKIES WITH UNSETTLED FORECAST

    After a soaking wet weekend across the UK, leading bookmaker Coral makes this May odds on at 4-5 to be our wettest since records began.

    "Summer feels a distant memory still as the rain continues to fall, and we have had so much this month already that we now make it odds on to be our wettest ever," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

    Coral go 2-1 that this summer goes on to be the warmest on record in the UK.

    "There are hopes that a wet spring will lead into a glorious summer and we go 2-1 that we have our hottest summer ever," added Aitkenhead.

  • John Hall

    FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

    Monday: A mix of sunny spells and scattered showers; max 17C.

    Tuesday: A dry start, before showers appear; max 18C.

    Wednesday: More showers, with a max of 18C

    Thursday: Sunny first thing in the morning, but showers develop later in the day – max 18C

    Friday: Max of 19C. The south sees more showers, but it’ll be drier by comparison in Scotland.

  • John Hall

    NOT LONG TILL SUMMER SOLSTICE

    The sun is “quite strong now, being only a month-and-a-half away from the summer solstice,” notes Netweather.TV.

    “So with shelter from the chilly breeze, the sun’s rays feel warm.

    “We could see 19-20C on Sunday in the southeast, if the sun comes out,” the website adds.

  • John Hall

    PERFECT PLACES TO STAYCATION THIS SUMMER

    These stunning photos reveal the UK’s hidden gems and feature locations such as the Lake District, Devon and the Cotswolds.

    A poll of 2,000 Brits has identified the places we’re most eager to visit this summer – with 38 per cent looking forward to exploring new places when they’re allowed.

    The Peak District and Yorkshire are among the top choices for a break – with the Isle of Wight and Snowdonia also sought after for a peaceful holiday.

    For the full list, click here.

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