Sun getting near strongest time of the yearMay 28th, 2012 at 9:48 am by David Mazza under Weather
Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start to Summer, and the time of year when we really need to take extra care to protect ourselves. First, it is very important to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water, and sports drinks, especially those that are low or free of sugars are best when temps soar to 90 and above. Our bodies are quite amazing how they can regulate heat so well using the system of sweating. However, Mother Nature can cause our bodies to over-sweat on hot and muggy days as well. When the humidity levels are higher on hot days, the sweat off our skin does not evaporate as quickly, and causes our body to not cool as effectively. Not only are drinking fluids important, but not over-doing it, and taking frequent breaks are very important. Also, its a great idea to keep your skin as covered as possible with light weight, light colored clothing, and wearing a wide brimmed hat that will keep as much sun off your skin as possible. The official start of Summer is only a few weeks away (evening of June 20th), and that is the time when the sun is the strongest in our area. So its very important if you are going to be outside to keep the sunscreen on, and reapply it frequently especially if you are in the water. Even if you don’t actually go in the water, burn times can be much less near the water (like in a boat) because of the water’s reflective properties. It is also a good idea if you have to do chores outside to try to avoid the peak heating hours of the day when the sun is the strongest, between 10am-4pm.
The EPA does a daily UV forecast for Austin, and all weekend long has forecast a peak UV rating of 11+ each afternoon for us. Below is the forecast from the EPA website for today.
|Index Number||Sun Protection Messages|
|LOW||<2||You can safely enjoy being outside. Wear sunglasses on bright days. If you burn easily, cover up and use sunscreen SPF 30+. In winter, reflection off snow can nearly double UV strength.|
Take precautions if you will be outside, such as wearing a hat and sunglasses and using sunscreen SPF 30+. Reduce your exposure to the sun’s most intense UV radiation by seeking shade during midday hours.
Protection against sun damage is needed. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, use sunscreen SPF 30+ and wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants when practical. Reduce your exposure to the sun’s most intense UV radiation by seeking shade during midday hours.
|VERY HIGH||8-10||Protection against sun damage is needed. If you need to be outside during midday hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., take steps to reduce sun exposure. A shirt, hat and sunscreen are a must, and be sure you seek shade.
Beachgoers should know that white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and can double UV exposure.
Protection against sun damage is needed. If you need to be outside during midday hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., take steps to reduce sun exposure. A shirt, hat and sunscreen are a must, and be sure you seek shade.