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Florida allergy season could be ‘long and severe,’ meteorologists say

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 20:44:27-05

If you suffer from allergies, it could be a rough spring for you in Florida.

According to AccuWeather's annual spring allergy forecast, the Sunshine State will have an "above-average" allergy season.

AccuWeather meteorologists said allergy sufferers in the eastern United States should "brace for a long and severe season." They said above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures will lead to plenty of tree, weed, and grass pollen production.

The weather service said above-average pollen levels are in store for a huge section of the country that stretches from Texas to Michigan and eastward.

"With above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures for much of spring, we will have plenty of tree growth in the Southeast and even pushing into the southern Plains and mid-Atlantic," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert. "This will bring a severe tree pollen season to much of the East and the Gulf coastline."

AccuWeather added that areas affected by weed pollen will experience above-average levels into the fall.

Experts recommend seeing a board-certified allergist before the spring season starts, that way you can develop a treatment plan early on.

Allergists also recommend limiting the time you go outside during peak times for pollen, which are usually from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and at dusk.

Warm and windy days can also make your allergy symptoms worse.