Thunderstorm warnings have been issued as wild weather approaches the state.
Thunderstorm does not occur often
Presently, these storms do not occur often or every year but when they do, can last between October through December.
These storms generally affect those with hayfever and asthma conditions. During this time, individuals may become very ill.
It is advised that those with these conditions make provision for their allergies that may take place during this time. This includes asthma pumps.
High risk areas
Health officer Angie Bone says that the Mallee, southeast, and Wimmera weather districts are considered high risk.
Grass pollen season
During a grass pollen season with strong winds, it may make it difficult for some to breathe. This comes as grass pollen travels in the air and may at times burst – releasing small particles that affect the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.
Those who have untreated hayfever and asthma conditions should avoid outdoor places, especially where strong gusts of wind are expected.
These strong gusts of wind are expected on Thursday right through to Friday morning, particularly in the northeast range.
Try to stay indoors
“If you can stay indoors with your windows closed and the air conditioner off or on recirculation mode, or if driving, shut your car windows and only use recirculating air.”
Respiratory physician Professor Peter Wark says people with hay fever and allergy to rye-grass pollen may be a risk of thunderstorm asthma – even if they have never had asthma symptoms before.
Thunderstrom weather preparation
Professor Peter Wark also suggests that grass pollen count should be checked before thunderstorms start kicking in.
“Check grass pollen counts for your region every day during spring and early summer on high grass pollen days and avoid exposure to outdoor air when a thunderstorm is approaching, especially during wind gusts just before the rain front hits,”