Spring officially began today, and if you suffer from allergies and live or work in New Jersey, you could be in for a rough allergy season, AccuWeather forecasters are warning.
AccuWeather’s 2022 spring allergy forecast says that the early days of this year’s allergy season – during which tree and grass pollen reign supreme – will be “average,” but that the later period of the season – when ragweed is the main cause of allergic symptoms – will make allergy sufferers quite miserable.
“Weed pollen will dominate the entire East Coast as an increase in moisture and temperature creates a favorable environment for weeds to thrive,” the pollen outlook states. “In the mid-Atlantic region, weed pollen levels are expected to pick up during the height of the summer. In the Northeast, weed pollen levels will ramp up to higher-than-normal levels in the late summer and early fall months.”
The allergy season generally has four distinct phases, in which various allergy-causing pollens are the main culprits in allergy sufferers’ discomfort/
In early and late spring, the allergy king is tree pollen; in late spring and early summer, it’s grass pollen; in mid-summer mold spores cause the most suffering; and in late summer and fall the main nuisance is weeds, most notably ragweed.