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EPA warns of dangerous UV levels all over Taiwan

EPA warns of dangerous UV levels all over Taiwan

EPA warns of dangerous UV levels all over Taiwan

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) warned Tuesday of dangerously high ultraviolet (UV) levels all around Taiwan and suggested that residents take precautionary steps to prevent sunburn and even heat strokes.
The EPA said that almost all of Taiwan is expected to record "excessively high" UV levels, with the UV index in Taipei in northern Taiwan, and Yilan, Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan likely to hit 8.
The UV index is likely to reach 9 in Hsinchu and Miaoli in northern Taiwan, in Taichung in central Taiwan, and in Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan in southern Taiwan.
According to the standard UV index, any reading between 8 and 10 indicates "excessively high" UV levels. People exposed to the sun under such conditions can get a sunburn in just 20 minutes and should avoid staying outside for too long.
The EPA said the UV levels in Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan are expected to reach 6 on Tuesday. Readings of 6 to 7.9 are considered "high" UV levels, and people exposed to the sun in these conditions can get a sunburn in about 30 minutes.
The government agency recommended that people in Taiwan stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday to reduce 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 advised.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-18 18:21 GMT+08:00