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EPA warns of excessive amounts of ultraviolet radiation

EPA warns of excessive amounts of ultraviolet radiation

Taipei, June 26 (CNA)
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Friday warned the public to avoid outdoor activities due to excessive levels of ultraviolet rays amid clear skies and high temperatures.
The ultraviolet index across the island could reach 8, the agency said, explaining that a UV index of 8 or above is considered high, while a reading of 11 or higher is considered dangerous.
Friday's weather conditions are a result of a strong Pacific high pressure system above Taiwan, which could send temperature highs to over 36 degrees Celsius in most regions, including the greater Taipei area, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
In addition, those in southeastern parts of the country have seen Foehn winds, warm and dry gusts that have already sent the mercury soaring to 36.9 degrees as of 9:40 a.m.
According to the World Health Organization, small amounts of ultraviolet are essential for the production of vitamin D in people, yet overexposure may result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eyes and immune system. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:38 GMT+08:00