Allergy season has technically been over for weeks, but despite low pollen counts a combination of heat, drought and air pollutants folks are still suffering from allergy-like symptoms.
The hot and dry weather that we had for much of the spring and summer left more pollen and other pollutants in the lower levels of the atmosphere than we would normally see this time of year.
The ozone near the surface is essentially made up of vehicle exhaust emissions along with dirt and dust particles that are more abundant during a drought.
This can cause people to have allergy-like symptoms at times when they wouldn't otherwise. Those symptoms can include itchy eyes, throat, runny nose, and headaches. Besides allergy symptoms, heat and ozone can cause serious complications of asthma and other chronic diseases.
If you notice that you are suffering from these symptoms try to avoid being outdoors from midday through late afternoon when conditions are at their worst. And if you have to be outside to tend to your garden, mow the lawn, or walk the dog, do it early in the morning or late at night when not only is it cooler outside, but it will also help reduce ozone levels in urban areas.