Relief is on the way!

Dec. 12, 2020

After the worst grass pollen season on record the 1 in 3 people who suffer from hay fever or asthma in Canberra will be relieved to know that the grass pollen levels are at last beginning to subside.

The last 7 days has seen only LOW to MODERATE levels of grass pollen being recorded in our daily pollen counts, signalling a trend that should mark the end of grass pollen season for 2020.

Figure 1 shows the daily grass pollen counts for the months of September through to mid-December and confirms that we are seeing a gradual reduction in the daily grass pollen count. We haven’t experienced an EXTREME grass pollen day for over 2 weeks and the last HIGH grass day was recorded just over 1 week ago.

Grass pollen levels continue to be recorded at MODERATE to LOW levels, though we may expect this to continue to reduce through to the end of the month – which is a very good sign for the Christmas holiday celebrations.

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Figure 1. Daily grass pollen counts for Canberra, September to mid-December 2020. The histogram shows daily counts colour coded to match the accepted pollen levels reported by The 7 day moving average for grass pollen is shown as a black dotted line, that remained in >HIGH range from the 10th November to the 6th December, peaking on the 22nd November and reducing to MODERATE levels after the 6th December 2020.

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