As long as the temperatures stay high, so does the likelihood that you’re going to suffer a crippling in-office migraine.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess medical Center in Boston have found that warmer weather and changes in atmospheric pressure may be a major cause of increased headaches and migraines.
Looking at more than 7,000 men and women between 2000 and 2007, the U.S.-based study found that every temperature increase of 9 degrees Fahrenheit upped a person’s risk of severe headaches by 8% as compared to colder-weather days.
In addition to meteorological factors, the team looked at common air pollutants like fine particulate matter, sulfur dioxides and black carbon to see what effect they had. Of all the factors tested, a higher air temperature in the 24 hours before subjects succumbed to a migraine or headache was the most common culprit.
The team’s suggestion: If you’re already susceptible to migraines, consider using the weekly forecast to make needed adjustments in medication or office surroundings.