Updated: Jun 10, 2019
My forehead feels like it is on fire and my kids say I look like a wrinkled tomato, but I only was out in the sun for 15 minutes. What is going on?
The Ultraviolet (UV) Index was developed in 1994 by the National Weather Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to help people plan outdoor activities and avoid overexposure to UV radiation and lower risks of adverse health effects caused by damage from the sun.
UV radiation is a major factor for skin cancer, cataracts, and other illnesses.
The UV Index scale is scored from "1" (or "Low") to "11" (or "Extreme").
The UV Index informs the public of the level of UV exposure expected on any given day in specific locations. The exposure level provided is typically the highest level a person can expect to receive, however, exposure levels rise and fall as each day progresses and intensity of the sun's UV rays vary according to many factors, including cloud cover, Ozone, Altitude, Seasons, Latitude, and time of day.
Follow the guidelines and Sun Protection Message of the UV Index scale to keep you and your family protected from the harmful UV rays of the sun
Skin cancer is largely preventable when you protect yourself against UV rays consistently. And it is important to remember everybody, regardless of race or ethnicity, is subject to the adverse effects of overexposure to the sun.
Look for the UV Index for each day on any City of Encinitas Tower's Weather/Tide Boards and for additional information concerning staying sun wise call 1-800-490-9198 or visit: