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Pollen count hits new season high — again

Still dealing with itchy eyes and runny noses? 

That’s because today’s pollen count — 5,354 particles per cubic meter of air — is the highest since April 9, 2015, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma.

Today’s pollen count — 5,354 particles per cubic meter of air — is the highest since April 9, 2015, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The figure eclipses Wednesday’s high of 5,098, last year’s season high of 3,559 and the 2016 season high of 4,106. 

“The extremely high pollen count that is sustained for several days is somewhat unusual," said Dr. Stanley Fineman of Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. “We haven’t had this situation since the 2015 spring season.”

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Because allergy patients are prone to increased symptoms because of the pollen, “it is helpful to see an allergist, determine your allergic sensitivities and follow a proper management plan,” Fineman said.

And if the latest forecast sticks, the pollen count could continue to rise. The highest pollen count over the past decade is 9,369, which was recorded on March 20, 2012.

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According to Channel 2, Atlanta could see highs of 77 today, 80 Friday and 78 Saturday.

Because of those temperatures, trees and other plants are releasing excessive pollen, officials said.

HIGHEST POLLEN COUNTS OVER THE PAST DECADE

March 31, 2017: 3,559
March 29, 2016: 4,106
April 9, 2015: 6,152
April 4, 2014: 5,230
April 11, 2013: 8,023
March 20, 2012: 9,369
March 24, 2011: 3,939
April 7, 2010: 5,733
April 6, 2009: 3,584
April 14, 2008: 3,332

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