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Hayfever hell

It's a subject that gets right up the nose of 12 million people in the UK, hayfever! This can be a miserable time of year, especially in The Midlands where we have the highest pollen levels in the country.

What's more this year levels are expected to peak higher than in 50 years and it's all down to the weather. The cold spring meant a late start to tree pollen season allowing several pollens to combine and peak at the same time.

Lucy Kite has been meeting the Midlands scientist Beverley Adams-Groom from the National Pollen and Aerobiology research unit at Worcester University who told us why pollen levels are so high...


Pollen levels up - hayfever season begins

Hayfever season begins Credit: Arno Burgi/DPA/Press Association Images

This year pollen levels could be the highest in 50 years because the season is so late that all the different species are due to flower at the same time.

The Midlands is one of the worst areas because we are landlocked, so the wind can blow the pollen into the area from all directions.

Weather update: Cool Britannia!

Friday's weather forecast Credit: ITV Central

We have a cloudy morning ahead of us with some outbreaks of rain.

This afternoon looks a little brighter with some breaks developing in the cloud allowing temperatures to rise a little higher than yesterday, 18 Celsius is our high.

Tomorrow looks to be a dry and bright day but it will feel so much cooler than last weekend, a good 10 degrees cooler.

We are keeping a close eye on Sunday and Monday as there is some uncertainty surrounded the finer detail of the forecast.

It does look to be rather cloudy though with the potential for some rain too.

Tuesday a spell of wet and windy weather will spread eastwards through the day. We will bring you updates as we get them.

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