This week’s weather is predicted to be beautiful, unless you’re an allergy sufferer.
“At least through Friday, it does look to be pretty nice and warm,” said Ryan Willis, forecaster for the National Weather Service’s Peachtree City office. “I know everybody will be happy with that.”
Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70s are expected through Friday. The nights will dip into the 50s through Friday.
There is a chance of rain, and possibly thunderstorms, Friday night and into Saturday morning.
Willis said the rain may bring the high temperatures down into the 60s, but it will also bring relief to allergy suffers.
“I imagine that for allergy sufferers, the next few days probably won’t be very good to them,” Willis said. “But if we do get some rain at the end of the week, that will wash some of that away.”
According to Pollen.com, an allergy forecast website, the pollen count in Gainesville is expected to be high until Friday. The pollen count in Gainesville today is predicted to be 10.7 on a 12-point scale.
The website lists oak, birch and sweetgum trees as being the predominant producers of the pollen in the air.
Pollen seems to be much higher than last year, according to data collected by the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic. The clinic uses a scale of 0 to 1,500-plus.
A month-to-month comparison of daily pollen counts in March of 2013 and March 2014 shows a significant increase in daily counts this year.
There were six days last March with pollen counts of 100 or more, with a high of 356. This year, there have been 10 days with pollen counts above 100, with a high of 944.
Dr. Ronald G. Beebe, a board-certified allergist and immunologist at The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, told The Times last week he expects the pollen season to be somewhat severe this year because of the longer, colder winter.
“Pollen seasons in Georgia are very long, traditionally,” Beebe said. “The cold weather kind of delays the pollen from getting going, but it’s like it’s waiting to take its vengeance.
“So when it does get going and we get several warm days in a row, I think it’s going to be really severe and hard on patients.”