What is the UV index?
The UV, or ultraviolet, index is a daily risk index. It measures the risk that overexposure to sunlight can bring.
The UV Index forecast is provided both daily and hourly. The forecast considers the sun's angle and cloud coverage.
The index is on a scale of 1 to 11+. A forecast of 1 is the lowest (least threatening) and an 11+ forecast would represent the most extreme threat.
The EPA issues UV Alerts whenever the index is forecast for a level of 6 or higher. When an alert is issued, extra steps should be taken to protect your skin.
Some protective measures include: applying a high sunscreen SPF and limiting your outdoor activities.
* Wear sunglasses on bright days. In winter, reflection off snow can nearly double UV strength.
* If you burn easily, cover up and use sunscreen.
* Take precautions, such as covering up and using sunscreen, if you will be outside.
* Stay in the shade near midday when the sun is strongest.
* Protection against sunburn is needed.
* Reduce time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
* Cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
Very High 8-10
* Take extra precautions. Unprotected skin will be damaged and can burn quickly.
* Try to avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Otherwise, seek shade, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
* Seek shade, cover up, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
* Avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
* Take all precautions. Unprotected skin can burn in minutes. Beachgoers should know that white sand and other bright surfaces reflect UV and will increase UV exposure.
Bartender terrorized in violent robbery speaks out
Pennsylvania county has calculated DUIs wrongly
Police: Emmaus man had chickens, drugs, weapons in car
Fallen pipeline worker rescued from trench, flown to hospital
Police: Masked teens rob bar for Hersheypark money
Woman rescued from car fire seeks person who saved her life
Health Beat: Grain brain may be killing us
Drug raids net arrests of suspected gang members in Easton
Firefighters make quick work of funeral home fire in Sinking Spring
Attorney wants seized $125K wine collection returned