Now that the snow is melting, spring allergies aren’t far behind. There are three primary types of pollen: tree, grass, and weeds.
First, it’s tree pollen that starts being released as soon as temperatures warm up, which for western Massachusetts, is from the end of March into the start of April. Grass pollen comes later, from May into July. Weed pollen comes last, toward the end of spring into the start of fall.
22News spoke to some locals who said they aren’t ready for itchy eyes and a scratchy throat.
Katharine of Whitman told 22News, “Um, just a lot of sneezing, sniffling, usually. Sometimes a cough, not anything crazy.”
However, the weather can strongly affect pollen. The best conditions for high pollen levels are a warm, sunny and dry day with a light breeze. And since temperatures are warming up above normal toward the end of the month, this means the pollen timeline might happen slightly earlier this year.
And this week, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America listed Springfield as the fifth worst city in the U.S. to live in with spring allergies.