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Spring allergy forecast for Pennsylvania: stock up on tissues

Spring means more sun, warmer weather, and increased outdoors time, but it also means you may find yourself saying “Bless you!” a little bit more.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Pennsylvanians might want to think about getting a head start on those allergy medications. According to meteorologists from Accuweather, we could be in for a difficult pollen season.

Accuweather is predicting that the first few months of pollen season will be around “average." While that's not entirely bad news, this still indicates that there will be some runny noses and itchy throats in the very near future.

“We’re starting to see the warmer temperatures come northward a little quicker," said Accuweather meteorologist Alan Reppert. "Leaves are already coming out on the trees in much of southern Pa., and we’re really starting to see the allergens climb across the entire state and region.”

Reppert says while tree and grass pollen are expected to be on par with average in Pennsylvania, it’s forecasted to be much worse in parts of the mid-atlantic and southeastern US.

“We’re seeing plenty of moisture available, so the trees are really going to produce their pollen a lot quicker this year than we typically see in a normal year," explained Reppert. 

Forecasters and meteorologists are able to determine what this spring’s allergy season may look like by “looking at long term forecasts not only temperature wise, but precipitation wise and intervals between rainfall."

So, if you plan on taking a trip to Florida or Georgia this spring, you may want to stock up on those antihistamines!

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