At these levels, patients with allergies, particularly to tree pollens, will experience symptoms, a spokesperson for the organization said.
Friday was the third day this week to record a count in the extremely high range, which is anything above 1,500. Before that, Atlanta had enjoyed 11 days with levels in the high range, and it looked like the yellow stuff was on its way out.
This pollen season has been one for the books. In addition to Thursday’s record, the city set new records for the earliest date the count reached the extremely high range and the earliest date the count exceeded the 3,000 mark. February, which saw a record number of days with high pollen counts, beat the previous record of 10 days set in 2017.
That’s certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said he expected pollen levels to soar this week as dry and warm conditions dominated the forecast. Temperatures in Atlanta topped out in the 80s several days, which is more like May weather than April.
Rain and cooler weather this weekend could spell relief for allergy sufferers. Saturday has a 40% chance of a morning shower before sunshine returns for the afternoon, Monahan said. Highs in the low 70s are predicted behind a cold front.