Today is not a day to remain indoors. In fact, today; Mother’s Day, is popular among beach-goes and yard barbeques, all in the spirit of family celebrations.
But Climatologist Dale Destin has cautioned, that it may be best to avoid direct sunlight because of extreme levels of UV radiation.
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is to avoid direct sunlight during peak hours, typically between 10 am and 4 pm, Destin said.
According to him, UV radiation is posing a significant risk for sunburn and potential health issues.
Extreme UV radiation can be very harmful to human health he says and it can burn and damage the skin and eyes relatively easily.
“Avoid direct sunlight during peak hours: The peak hours for UV radiation are between 10 am and 4 pm. If possible, stay indoors during this time, or seek shade under trees, umbrellas, or other objects that can provide shade,” Destin said.
Wearing protective clothing is another way to protest one’s health, including the wearing of long-sleeved shirts, pants, and hats that cover your head, face, and neck.
“Clothing made of tightly woven fabric is more effective at blocking UV radiation than loose or knitted fabrics,” according to the leading Climatologist
The use of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher on exposed skin is also another precautionary measure.
“Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you are sweating or swimming”
Wearing protective glasses can also help to protect your eyes from UV radiation.
These sunglasses however should block at least 99% of UVB radiation and 95% of UVA radiation.
It will be an added plus to check the UV index a measure of the intensity of UV radiation.
“Check the UV index in your area and plan your outdoor activities accordingly. When the UV index is high, take extra precautions to protect your skin and eyes. By taking these precautions, you can protect yourself from the harmful effects of extreme UV radiation”, Destin added.