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Hay fever sufferers on high alert

The region's pollen warning is at 5 out of 5. Copyright Rodion KutsaevWith temperatures reaching +20⁰C and blue skies across the region, we could be forgiven for thinking summer has already arrived on the French Riviera! There’s still a week to go until the spring equinox on 20th March, but the season’s plants are blooming and bringing with them a surge in pollen.

According to the Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique (RNSA), the Côte d’Azur is on the highest alert possible for pollen count – 5 out of 5. Just last week, researchers in Avignon noted a record number of pollen grains in the air with over 35,000 counted.

The balmy weather has enabled the surge in airborne pollen, with cyprus pollens proving the most prolific. Others to watch out for in the south of France include poplar, ash and urticaceae plants.

Those who suffer allergies and hay fever are being encouraged to take precautions and seek medical advice if necessary.

The RNSA app, which is free to download, can be found on both the Apple Story and Google Play: Alertes Pollens. It provides updated warnings and information on the pollen counts in your area.