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EPA warns of dangerous UV levels, especially in Hualien, Taitung

EPA warns of dangerous UV levels, especially in Hualien, Taitung

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) warned Saturday of dangerously high ultraviolet (UV) levels all over Taiwan, adding that extremely high UV levels were recorded in Hualien and Taitung in the eastern part of the island.
The EPA suggested that residents in Taiwan should take precautionary steps to prevent sunburn and even heat strokes.
According to the EPA data, many areas in Taiwan recorded either "very high" or "extremely high" UV levels with the UV index in Hualien and Taitung even hitting 12, which is categorized as an extremely high level.
The UV index in Hsinchu and Miaoli in northern Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung in southern Taiwan reached 11, also in the extremely high category, the EPA said.
Other areas in northern Taiwan, Yilan of eastern Taiwan and areas in central Taiwan registered a UV level of 10, which is categorized as a very high reading under the EPA monitoring system.
The EPA said that under the circumstances where any UV reading ranges between 8 and 10, people exposed to the sun can get a sunburn in 20 minutes and should avoid staying outside for too long.
With a UA level hitting 11 or higher, people who are exposed to the sun are expected to suffer a sunburn in only 15 minutes so such conditions will post even more threats to health, the EPA said.
The EPA recommended that people in Taiwan stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday 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 suggested. (By Wei Yun-ling and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-24 21:29 GMT+08:00