If you’ve been one of the people making the most of the sun finally showing it’s face in the UK, then beware – the rain is on it’s way back. Just in time for the weekend.

Last weekend we saw the hottest early May Bank Holiday weekend since records began, with highs of 28.7 degrees recorded in west London. This weekend the weather is telling a different story, with temperatures expected to peak at around 16 or 17 degrees – more than 10 degrees less than a week ago.

Dig out your brollies

Not only is this chilly spat going to mean digging out a jumper again, but it’s also going to mean unearthing your umbrella – as thunderstorms and torrential rain have been forecast across large swathes of the country.

Annoying for many – but potentially dangerous for asthma sufferers. According to recent articles, the upcoming storms could prove ‘fatal’ to asthma sufferers, due to a combination of bad weather paired with a predicted high pollen count.

‘Thunder fever’

Sonia Munde of Asthma UK told The Sun that thunderstorms can have a huge impact on people with asthma, and even trigger an asthma attack – which can prove to be fatal. This impact is made worse when it occurs during a high pollen count period. Last year, the combination dubbed ‘thunder fever’ is thought to have killed nine people in Australia, leading to concerns about its resurgence this weekend.

“Humid, stormy conditions break the pollen into much smaller particles, which are then inhaled more deeply into the lungs and can lead to life-threatening asthma attacks,” she explained.

She also said that an estimated 3.3 million people in the UK have their asthma triggered by pollen, which highlights the danger during the high count this weekend.

Hayfever triggers

Another issue triggered by pollen is, of course, hayfever, which means that hayfever sufferers may also be in for an uncomfortable weekend.

It’s estimated that hay fever affects 40% of the population, and even with closed windows, pollen can find its way indoors and prevent people from going about their day-to-day life.

We’ve previously published an article around hayfever season and the impact it can have on people’s lives; as well as ways in which you can help to reduce the negative symptoms experienced. Some of our top tips include:

  • Keep car windows shut – if you’re out and about this weekend, try to keep your windows closed to reduce pollen inhalation, particularly in areas of high pollution.
  • Avoid drying clothes outside during this high pollen count weekend; pollen can catch in the fabric and then be brought inside.
  • Apply Vaseline inside your nostrils – this can catch pollen on the way in and trap it before it can affect your sinuses, reducing the effects.

If you suffer from asthma or hayfever, or both, then make sure that you keep all of your medication to hand over the weekend, so that you can hopefully prevent any negative effects. If you’re concerned about ‘thunder fever’ or any symptoms you’re experiencing, consult your GP or a medical professional for advice.

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