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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Spring doesn't officially start until March 20th. We are more than a month away, but Mother Nature is certainly heating things up early here in our state.

We could see highs near 90 degrees this weekend, and those kinds of temperatures are causing early reactions -- some good, some bad.

The temperatures are triggering an early bloom in some desert flowers and trees. It's a beautiful thing for most people.

"We've had consistently cool nights which has kept things from really taking off, but we've had warm days," said Brian Kissinger of the Desert Botanical Garden.

Kissinger is a horticulturalist and says backyard gardeners should stay diligent with water because of the high temps and don't rush into spring planting.

"I would caution people not to go crazy planting annuals and stuff, yet just to think we could have a frost.. still just to be wary watch the weather," he said.

Early blossoms mean an early pollen season and early misery for some allergy sufferers.

Allergist Suresh Anand says his office is getting calls from patients he normally wouldn't hear from until March or April.   

"The weather is warm.  It is unusually warm this year.. so I think that may be the reason we are seeing a lot of pollen patients," he said.

Take a look at the pollen index for the Phoenix area from Weather Underground and Pollen.com:  The pollen count Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday -- medium high.  Thursday when the temperature jumps into the mid-80s, the pollen count jumps into the red zone too.

"They can take some over the counter medicines or prescription medicines which will help their allergies like the runny nose, the stuffy nose, the itchy eyes," said Anand.

The bad news for allergy sufferers: you may be in for a longer than usual allergy season, because we're getting underway earlier.

Dr. Anand says get in, pin down what you're allergic to and start treating it now, so spring isn't a miserable season for you.

Dr. Suresh Anand
Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.
Offices in Tempe, Mesa & Chandler
480-838-4296
www.allergyassoc.net

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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