THE Easter weekend is set to be a washout after Brits bask in a week-long heatwave this week.
Highs of 23C can be expected on Wednesday and Thursday – before days of unsettled weather hit.
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According to the Met Office, Wednesday and Thursday will be dry and sunny for most, with clouds moving over parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Come Friday, rain will blast the UK in the north and west, moving across England and Scotland on Saturday.
Easter Sunday will see similar, with sunny showers moving across Wales, England and northern Scotland.
It follows highs of 23C and 24C this week as an ‘African heatwave’ blasts its way towards the UK.
Pollen levels are also set to reach record highs – leaving millions of Brits in hay fever hell.
Tree pollen levels will hit hard this week for all of the UK except Scotland and the far north of England, with the worst to come after Easter.
And grass pollen will “really kick off” in May and climax in June, industry leaders have said.
Three in 10 Brits suffer from hay fever.
The NHS suggests wearing wraparound sunglasses, changing your clothes and showering after going outside and recommends staying indoors when pollen counts are high.
Dr Beverley Adams-Groom, chief pollen forecaster at the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit at the University of Worcester, said: “We expect to see tree pollen reaching a high level in the context of our records going back as far as 1951.
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“Hayfever is miserable and very debilitating. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, itchy and running eyes, congestion and sore throat.
“Coronavirus’ most common symptoms of a cough and fever are not typical for hay fever.
“If in any doubt about symptoms, check on the NHS coronavirus webpage.”
The UK pollen forecast added: “Birch tree pollen will rise to high in the coming week in all areas apart from the far north of England and Scotland, where high is likely from mid-April.”
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