HIGH pollen levels are set to hit Greater Manchester this May.

Levels of pollen are continuing to rise with tree pollen readings forecast set to be particularly high, data from the Kleenex Pollen Forecast reveals.

The severity of pollen levels is measured by Pollen Grains Per Cubic Metre (PPM). A reading of 200-703 for tree pollen is considered high, and anything above 704 very high. Greater Manchester is set to reach an eye-watering 392 PPM in the coming days.

Hay fever sufferers are being encouraged to check the Kleenex Pollen Forecast, one of the most regionally accurate pollen tracking tools, for the latest levels.

The tracking tool provides a detailed pollen count for all 1.7 million postcodes across the UK three days in advance, enabling those with hay fever to plan days out using pollen data specific to their local town or city, rather than a broad national forecast.

Amena Warner, head of clinical services at Allergy UK, has advised hay fever sufferers in Greater Manchester to wear hats and sunglasses to prevent pollen reaching the eyes and fact, use an allergen barrier balm, check the Kleenex Pollen Forecast before leaving the house, shower when returning home to remove any pollen and always carry tissues.

The Kleenex Pollen Forecast can be viewed at: https://www.kleenex.co.uk/pollen-count