News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


UV levels rising rapidly as daylight saving arrives

UV levels rising rapidly as daylight saving arrives
24 September 2011

The arrival of daylight saving is a reminder to New Zealanders that ultraviolet radiation (UV) levels are rising rapidly.

Laurianne Reinsborough of SunSmart says it’s tempting, with the arrival of warmer spring weather and the start of daylight saving, to get out and spend more time in the sun.

“But while temperatures are still quite low, UV is already strong enough to cause sunburn if we don't take care.

“Sunburn is a big concern, because it is linked to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Over 300 New Zealanders die from melanoma every year, even though it’s largely preventable.”

Dr Richard McKenzie, Principal Scientist Radiation with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), says the level of UV increases rapidly as the sun’s elevation increases, with the most rapid increase at the time of the spring equinox, 21 September.

“It means the UV is going to be significantly more intense at the end of September than at the beginning of the month, at exactly the time when people start to be outside more because of warmer days and the start of daylight saving.”

Dr McKenzie says even at this time of year, UV levels over most of the country are above the level where we need to protect our skin.

Laurianne Reinsborough says it’s easy to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days and still be safe.

“Between 10am and 4pm, during the daylight saving months, remember to ‘slip, slop, slap and wrap’ – slip on a shirt or into the shade, slop on plenty of broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen, slap on a hat and wrap on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses.

“It is especially important to never let your children get sunburnt. Sunburn in childhood increases the chances of melanoma later in life.”

For advice on choosing a sunscreen that will help to protect you from the sun, visit your local community pharmacy.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: 1917's 1,000 Yard Stare

Sam Mendes has created a terrible and barbarous trek, one that we appreciate all the more for being catapulted right into the midst of this ear-splitting melee from the film's opening sequence. More>>

Floorball: NZ To Host World Cup Of Floorball In 2022

In a major coup for a minnow nation in the European-dominated sport of floorball, New Zealand has won the rights to host one of the sport’s marque international events. More>>

National Voyage Continues: Tuia 250 Ends

Tuia 250 has unleashed an unstoppable desire to keep moving forward and continue the kōrero about who we are, say the co-chairs of the Tuia 250 National Coordinating Committee, Dame Jenny Shipley and Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. More>>


Te Papa: New Chief Executive From Its Own Staff

Courtney Johnston has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Te Papa. Ms Johnston will take up the role in December 2019. Since its founding, Te Papa has had a dual leadership model, and as Tumu Whakarae|Chief Executive, Johnston will share the leadership with Kaihautū Dr Arapata Hakiwai. More>>


Over 150 Productions: NZ Fringe 2020 Has Launched

The upcoming festival will be held at 40 venues all over Wellington Region from 28 February to 21 March, and includes every genre possible—theatre, comedy, dance, music, clowning, cabaret, visual art, children’s shows and more! More>>





  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland