Drivers could risk £5,000 fine following Met Office yellow weather warning

UK drivers who suffer from hay fever and/or asthma are at risk of getting fined of up to £5,000 due to the latest Met Office weather warnings.

The Met Office has shared yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms this week following consecutive heatwaves in July and August, with one last spell of sunny weather expected to hit this bank holiday weekend.

Warnings of ‘thunderfever’, which is a rare weather occurrence that makes hay fever and asthma more potent with a combination of thunderstorms and higher pollen counts in the atmosphere.

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While driving ability is not necessarily effected by the symptoms of hayfever, the elevated pollen count in the country makes it dangerous for those that suffer from it.

Any type of drug that affects a driver's driving abilities could result in a drug-driving conviction, and that includes something like hay fever medication where drowsiness is a cause.

Greg Wilson, founder of said: “The weather has been extreme this summer and driving in the heat alone has been challenging but there are things drivers need to know to avoid risking penalty points or fines and keep themselves safe on the roads.

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“If a storm is predicted look at official flood warnings, avoid roads that are likely to flood and allow more travel time, note drivers may have to pull over and wait it out if the downpour starts to affect your visibility – drivers can be fined if they can’t see clearly out of all windows.

“Hay fever symptoms can come on unexpectedly and some types of medication do cause drowsiness, or carry a ‘do not operate heavy machinery’ warning. If a driver fails to obey this warning and gets behind the wheel, they could risk a hefty fine of up to £5,000, points on their licence and endanger themselves and other road users," he added.


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