High pollen count plagues allergy sufferers as dry streak continues

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- Tuesday’s forecast does not contain good news for allergy sufferers.

Another day of a high humidity and even higher temperatures coupled with high levels of tree pollen -- particularly for oak, birch and maple trees -- means itchy, watery eyes and irritated noses will be the norm.

A small system moved through the region on Monday bringing a trace amount of rain but it wasn’t enough to clean the atmosphere of that pesky pollen, PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church said.

Tuesday began partly cloudy and a front is moving in this afternoon, but it likely won’t bring much precipitation. A few showers are possible between noon and 7 p.m., Church said.

The last measurable rainfall occurred on April 22 -- 19 days ago. That’s given pollen time to accumulate in what already has been predicted to be a particularly rough season for those with allergies.

Dr. Leonard Bielory, with Rutgers University, told the Associated Press said the tree season that started late due to the overbearing winter is expected to release one of the strongest birch and oak pollen seasons in recent memory.

He said the spring allergy season, caused primarily by tree pollination, typically begins in late February or early March. But this year, it did not start in earnest until early April. That means even mild sufferers could be affected during the first few weeks of May.

Temperatures are expected to dip significant Wednesday, with highs in the mid 60s -- some 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Tuesday’s highs in the mid 80s to near 90 degrees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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