Leeds to bathe in ‘well above average’ temperatures this week – but the pollen count is spiking too

Summer will finally reach Leeds this week, with temperatures forecasted to soar on Friday.

The Met Office says it will be ‘unusually warm’ across the UK later this week, with parts of the south seeing 33 degree blasts.

Here in Leeds, there’ll be ‘well above average’ temperatures as high as 28 degrees.

But the weather service says it won’t be heatwave conditions just yet. To be classed as a heatwave, the mercury needs to stay high for three days, and we’re not that lucky.

The warm weather will also mean a high pollen count. Credit: Unsplash

The rest of the week is predicted to be mild (24 degrees on Wednesday and 23 degrees on Thursday) before shooting up on Friday.

And then it all tumbles down again over the weekend, with Saturday set to be just 17 degrees with showers.

While many of us will be looking forward to some sunny days, it’s bad news for hayfever sufferers.

The pollen forecast for Friday 17 June as high temperatures hit Leeds and the rest of the UK. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has said that the pollen count will remain ‘very high’ throughout the week.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “Temperatures will rise through the week, becoming well above-average by day by Friday when many parts of the southern half of the UK are likely to reach 30C or even 33C in isolated spots.

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“This is the first spell of hot weather this year and it is still unusual for temperature to exceed these values in June. Many areas will also see some warm nights with temperatures expected to be in the mid to high teens overnight.”

Agostinho Sousa, head of extreme events and health protection at the UK Health Security Agency, said: ‘‘With temperatures forecast to reach 30C in some parts of the south on Friday we want everyone to enjoy the hot weather safely when it arrives and be aware of good health advice for coping with warmer conditions.

“During periods of hot weather it is especially important to keep checking on those who are most vulnerable, such as older people and those with heart or lung conditions. Make sure to look out for signs of heat exhaustion and follow our simple health advice to beat the heat.”

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