Keep an eye on the UV Index
5th August 2019
A low UV Index is rated between 0 and 2. The best option of protection if outside is sunscreen and sunglasses
A medium UV Index is rated between 3 and 5. The best option of protection adds a hat to our sunscreen and sunglasses
A high UV Index is rated between 6 and 7. In addition to sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat you should find shade during the day if outside
A very high UV Index is rated between 8 and 10. This means we need to use sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, light coloured clothing and shade
An extreme UV Index is anything over 11. This means that you need to avoid being outside or stay in the shade
Some conditions can amplify the UV index, such as a beach. White sands can nearly double UV exposure as the sun reflects off the surface. During the winter, snow can also double the output of UV strength, again because the sun reflects off the white surface.
In the UK the UV index does not exceed 8 however indices of 9 and 10 are common in the Mediterranean.
It’s worth remembering that our eyes are ten times more sensitive to UV light than our skin and children’s eyes are at the greatest risk of UV damage, so protection from UV by wearing good quality UV400 sunglasses when outdoors in the summer is essential to avoid long term eye damage from UVR.