As summer temperatures start to rise, so does the UV index. 

"Looking at our forecast, as we move into summer," shared Warning Preparedness meteorologist, Natalie Hazel, "the sun is higher in the sky so the sun's rays feel more powerful. And the UV index is included in the public forecast when the index is at a Level 3 or higher."

"The UV index goes from low which is 0-2, moderate which is 3-5, high which is 6-7, very high which is 8-10 and extreme which would be 11."

"Exposure to these elements can lead to harmful effects. The UV or the ultraviolet radiation that we get from the sun can lead to acute effects, short-term but usually very painful scenarios. Things like sunburns, in particular, can be quite painful."

She added that chronic sunburns or chronic tanning can also lead to serious consequences such as ageing mature aging, eye damage, immune suppression and skin cancer. To protect yourself, Hazel advises you to seek shade or bring your own with an umbrella or wide-brimmed hat. 

"We suggest using sunscreen that is labelled broad spectrum and water resistant and an SPF of at least 30."

She reminds you to reapply often, even if it's cloudy. 

"Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses or if you have eyeglasses, request the ones that have UV lenses."

She added that babies often have more sensitive skin and can burn easier than adults. 

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