Burnt Before Christmas
ATTENTION NEWS STAFF
Issued at 12:31pm 02-Oct-2008
BURNT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
UV indices have been added to the www.metservice.com website weather forecasts for 42 places around New Zealand.
"Now that the days are longer than the nights, and the sun is higher in the sky" commented MetService Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt, "UV levels are rising faster than the temperature."
For many people exposure to a UV reading of 6 or more for longer than 30 minutes is all it takes to get sun burnt. "These levels are already happening, but the recent swing back to cool temperatures, along with cloudy and windy days, people may not be feeling the warmth that normally accompanies sunlight. This is especially so on the ski fields, where UV is higher and there is more reflected light."
Mr. McDavitt added that sun protection will be more important that normal this summer. "A drop in the solar wind and increase in cosmic rays have combined this year with pollution to produce the largest Ozone hole ever observed over Antarctica. This hole is likely to break up in November and December and may lead to higher than normal UV levels over New Zealand."
The UV levels found on the MetService website provide a timely reminder to slip, slop, slap and wrap, even during the cool days of spring.