Spring, when the weather starts to get warmer, the magpies come out swooping and two words become a common phrase: bless-you!
This year, experts will be monitoring the spring season closely, in particular, hay fever caused by pollen.
Pollen expert, Australian National University professor Simon Haberle said the recent drought had made it difficult to predict what sort of season it will be.
"Canberra is known to be a hot spot for hay fever suffering in the country and the reason for that is that we have a really high pollen load in our atmosphere," Professor Haberle said
"This is largely due to the very beautifully planted landscape we have in the bush capital."
He said he had been monitoring pollen every day in the capital in the hope to make better predictions about when it happens in Canberra regions.
"This year it’s quite difficult to predict what’s going to happen because we’ve had a really dry year; dry last summer through to autumn and winter and it’s predicted to be a dry spring as well so we’re not really sure what impact that will have on the hay fever season," Professor Haberle said.
"What we do know is that certainly during really dry periods grass doesn't tend to produce as much pollen."
Professor Haberle said he anticipated the grass pollen may be low this year however, other plants in the region, including European tree plants like oaks that are planted across the capital would still produce pollen. He said fungal spawns could also cause hay fever if it's blown up in the air.
You can monitor pollen count through your phone on AirRater.