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UV Index to hit 'Very High'

UV Index to hit 'Very High'

Tuesday 02 June 2020

UV Index to hit 'Very High'


The UV Index is forecast to hit '8' across the Bailiwick today which is 'Very High' meaning everyone is at an increased risk of burning - especially those people with very fair skin.

With temperatures expected to stay above 20c, the UV Index is also high, and as lockdown restrictions have been lifted it's thought many people will be choosing to spend their time outside.

Public Health services said it's the ideal time for them to remind people how to enjoy the sunshine safely - with everyone advised to use at least SPF15+ suncream, while those who are more prone to burning quickly and easily should wear a higher factor.

Public Health said: "Over the next few days the UV index is forecast to be at its highest measuring 7(rated High) or even 8 (rated Very High). The index is a useful measure of the UV radiation level. It tells how strong the sun’s UV rays are and when we might be at risk of burning. The higher the value, the greater the risk of sunburn and the less time it takes to damage your skin. For those with fair skin, burning can occur in as little as 20 minutes so it is important for everyone to take action."

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Pictured: Different suncream brands are available. 

Public Health Practitioner Emily Davies said the usual sun-safety messages apply along with common sense.

Whether you're heading to the beach, playing in the park or at home, it's really important to think about sun protection for yourself and for the children. Cultivating sun safe habits should be part of our healthy regime.

"It only takes a few simple steps to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from UV, and it could save your life:

"SLIP on a t-shirt (ensuring skin is covered up, especially the shoulders which are vulnerable to burning),

"SLOP on sunscreen minimum sun protections factor 15. Use SPF 30 or more for extended periods outdoors and reapply every 2 hours or after swimming,

"SLAP on a hat with a wide brim and/or neck protection (e.g. legionnaire style caps) SLIDE on sunglasses with UV protection to shield the eyes,

"SHADE stay out of the sun between 11.00 and 3.00pm,

"And drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.”

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