Farewell from the Melbourne Pollen Count

 

Thanks for your support and interest in our work over the past season.  The Melbourne Pollen Count is over for now but we will be back, bigger and better than ever in spring 2017.

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Pollen count ending

The grass pollen season is now well and truly over as we haven't recorded anything but low since the moderate we saw on January 4. Hay fever symptoms, reported through the survey available on our app, also haven't topped 2 (very mild symptoms) in quite a while.

So we've decided to bring our sevice to a close and to stop counting.  Our last count will be on January 31.

I'll put up a summary of the past season, what we saw, what you told us and how all this compares to other seasons, in the next week or so.

Thanks for all your support over the past few months and look out for us again later in the year.

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Why 2016 has been the worst Christmas in years for hay fever sufferers

Read Craig Butt's article in The Age.  Although we'd normally finish on December 31, we'll be continuing our daily count into January to cover this year's much prolonged hay fever season.

 

This Christmas was a scorcher, and it was also the worst festive season in years for hay fever sufferers.

Unusually for late December, there were four consecutive high pollen days from December 23 to 26, something which has not occurred in the two decades that Melbourne's daily hay fever data has been collected.

The bad news for those with allergies is that the high grass pollen levels are not expected to let up, with Tuesday also expected to be a sneezy one.

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