Warm Weather and Allergies

Signs of spring seem to be all over the Riverwalk recently, with temps reaching above average for this time of year, but you may want to hold off grabbing that fro-yo just yet.

“We are expecting the jet stream pattern which drives our storm pattern and the cold air in the winter, to back into a pattern that is somewhat similar to what we saw with the cold in February when it, got really cold across the region. The good news is that because its later in the season we won’t be nearly as cold as we were back in February, but still lower than average for this time of year,” said Kevin Birk, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

The expected cool down isn’t all bad news; cooler temperatures later this month going into April could mean less rain.

“Precipitation is actually going to be below average for the rest of March. Going into April we could continue into a cooler weather pattern which would also make it less likely for big time severe weather events,” said Birk.

However the uncertainty of spring weather patterns makes the perfect mix for severe weather, when storms hit its important to know the difference between a watch and a warning when they are issued.
“Watch covers a longer amount of time and a larger area and it simply means conditions are right for severe weather, a warning means there is an immediate threat and you need to take action,” said Birk.

Taking action means taking cover, Birk recommends getting indoors fast when a watch is issued, and if it escalates to a warning head for cover, either in a basement or under a staircase and stay away from windows.

Warmer weather means the start of spring time allergies; Itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose, are the most common symptoms. With the rise in molds and pollen sneaking up on us, we wanted to find the best ways to stay ahead of the game, so we headed over to DuPage Medical Group to get a few tips to prepare.

“The first thing you can do is work on your environment and environmental controls, so keeping your windows closed, keeping the air on, making sure that your pets are wiped down with a wet cloth,” said Dr. Jacqueline Moran, Allergist at DuPage Medical Group.

Changing your routine to showering before bedtime is also important. Doctor Moran says that there is an invisible curtain of pollens and molds when stepping outside, so it’s important we don’t bring them to bed.

And if medications just aren’t cutting it and symptoms seem to be getting worse, that’s a sign for you to head to the doctor.

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