Hottest May Day In 40 Years Brings Misery For Hay Fever Sufferers

Seen as everyone seems to get excited about Mr Sunshine, a weather story was only expected today. Count yourselves lucky that you're not in work - unless you're reading this from your desk. In that case, we're here for you.

Whether you're at a wedding, enjoying a game of cricket or sitting in the garden with a beer, keep going because the heat is here for the entire bank holiday weekend. It could even be the hottest since 1978.

But it's pretty bad news for hay fever sufferers because pollen counts are set to soar - so get the tissues and prepare for a solid couple of days sneezing.

It's expected to be the hottest early May Bank holiday since the early May Bank holiday was a thing - 40 years ago. Wow.

Monday is expected to be the worst day for the pollen count, especially in the South and Midlands, according to the Mirror. Meaning it's the best day for the sun worshippers.

Dr Jean Emberlin, scientific director of Allergy UK, advised: "It's best to be take precautions and do sensible things to avoid the worst of the pollen and alleviate symptoms."

Forecasters are predicting temperatures to reach the mid-20Cs today and tomorrow, and hit highs of 27C on Monday. This isn't a regular sight, the UK and 27C in the same sentence.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It will be warmer in parts of the UK than in Barcelona where temperatures will hit 19C, and Nice, France, which will reach 20C. In your faces.

Met Office forecaster, Sophie Yeomans, said: "On the whole, it looks like a fine and sunny bank holiday. We will definitely see the hottest early May Bank Holiday Monday for 40 years.

"There is going to be plenty of bright weather, meaning UV levels are high, so if you are going out take sunscreen."

Just when you thought we had our lot a few weeks ago, it's back and we're feeling smugger than ever.


The last May Day Monday record was 23.6C, set in 1999. The mini heatwave is due to high pressure over the south of Britain, drawing warm air from the Atlantic and continent.

RAC traffic spokesman, Rod Dennis, said 8.5 million drivers will make leisure journeys over the weekend, with Saturday the busiest.

He added: "If we see things really warm up by the weekend, it's likely to mean millions more cars on the road, which is bound to cause queues on popular routes."

Pack the car up and put the petrol in quick before it rains. Did someone mention rain?

Featured Image Credit: PA/Met Office

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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