67ºF

First of many rounds of tree pollen fires up

With milder weather comes start of pollen season

A puddle in San Marco is filled with pollen
A puddle in San Marco is filled with pollen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The freezing temperatures finally broke for Northeastern Florida and Southeastern Georgia with our daytime highs rebounding into the upper 70s and low 80s. The onset of mild weather spurred the first dusting of pollen of the season.

A fine, yellow dust floated down from the trees starting the weekend of Feb. 10-11. Cars were coated in a light film and the sneezing season has started for allergy sufferers.

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"On Friday I felt like there was a frog in my throat, then over the weekend my eyes started watering and my throat was sore," allergy sufferer Chantel Ramos said. "I'm extremely allergic to pollen. I just try to get from my car into the building as fast as I can. I check the pollen level on an app, it’s my best friend this time of the year."

Tree pollen is the issue right now, with juniper, oak and alder being the primary offenders locally. Extended periods without rain, as we have had lately, will cause pollen levels to rise. There's no significant chance of rain in the forecast until Monday.


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