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