AccuWeather releases its spring allergy predictions

Moist ground could make allergies worse, according to AccuWeather.

Flowers rest under clock at Downtown Crossing in Boston MA on March 13, 2019.
–Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

Spring can come with many delightful qualities — flowers blooming, longer days, and the return of Boston’s Duck Boats.

Then there’s allergies, and the sneezing and calls to doctors for allergy medications that come with them.

But just how much allergy agony can you expect this spring? AccuWeather has released its predictions, and, thanks to “heavy rainfall and snow during fall and winter,” the ground is moist in the Northeast, which is predicted to cause high levels of pollen.

Suddenly spring doesn’t sound so delightful after all.

“This will provide the trees and grass with ample water, leading to a high pollen season in these areas,” AccuWeather meteorologist Alan Reppert said of the moist ground.

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The worst of the pollen is predicted to strike in April and that will stretch into May, Reppert said, when it “looks to come out quite fast and strong.”

A map from AccuWeather indicates allergens should peak in May in New England and are predicted to be moderate.

Pamela Gardner, a meteorologist with NBC10 Boston, said Sunday that juniper, poplar, and maple trees are “waking up.”

WBZ meteorologist Barry Burbank said Sunday, “Spring is here and so is the pollen!”

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