EPA warns of dan­ger­ous ul­tra­vi­o­let lev­els around is­land — north, east worst

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( EPA) warned Tues­day of dan­ger­ously high ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) lev­els all over Tai­wan, in par­tic­u­lar in Miaoli and Hs­inchu in the north and Hualien and Taitung in the east.

The EPA sug­gested that any­body who plans to spend an ex­tended pe­riod of time out­doors should take pre­cau­tions to pre­vent sun­burn and even heat stroke.

Ac­cord­ing to EPA data, many ar­eas in Tai­wan will record ei­ther “very high” or “ex­tremely high” UV lev­els, with the UV in­dex in Miaoli, Hs­inchu, Hualien and Taitung ex­pected to hit 12, which is cat­e­go­rized as an ex­tremely high level.

The EPA said that ar­eas in Cen­tral Tai­wan, and Yun­lin, Chi­ayi, Tainan, Kaoh­si­ung and Ping­tung in south­ern Tai­wan are ex­pected to record a UV level of 11, also in­di­cat­ing an ex­tremely high level.

When the UV level reaches 11 or higher, peo­ple ex­posed to the sun can get a sun­burn in only 15 min­utes and face other threats to their health, the EPA said.

Un­der such con­di­tions, even a rel­a­tively cool tem­per­a­ture with a breeze is un­likely to help peo­ple ex­posed to the sun with­out any pro­tec­tion, the EPA said.

The UV in­dex read­ing in ar­eas in North­ern Tai­wan and Yi­lan should reach as high as 10, which is cat­e­go­rized as a very high level, ac­cord­ing to the EPA mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

The EPA said that when the UV in­dex reaches be­tween 8 and 10, peo­ple ex­posed to the sun can get a sun­burn in 20 min­utes and should avoid stay­ing out­side for too long.

The agency rec­om­mended that peo­ple in Tai­wan stay in­doors be­tween 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tues­day to avoid the risk of harm from un­pro­tected sun ex­po­sure.

Those who do go out should ap­ply sun­block, wear hats and sun­glasses, and even use an um­brella to de­flect the sun’s rays, the EPA sug­gested.

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