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EPA warns of excessive levels of ultraviolet rays in Taiwan

EPA warns of excessive levels of ultraviolet rays in Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Wednesday warned people around Taiwan to avoid outdoor activities due to excessively high levels of ultraviolet rays amid clear skies and high temperatures. The ultraviolet index is likely to peak at 9 in many parts of Taiwan, including Taitung County in eastern Taiwan, Miaoli County in northern Taiwan, and Changhua and Yunlin counties in central Taiwan. Most other areas in Taiwan will be exposed to UV index readings of 8, except for Keelung in the north, Nantou County in central Taiwan, and the Chiayi area in the south, where the index will hit a maximum of 7. Index readings between 8 and 10 indicate excessively high ultraviolet ray levels, and people can get sunburn within 20 minutes when exposed to the sun, the agency said. Levels of 11 or higher are considered dangerous, with sunburn occurring within 15 minutes of exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet rays. Levels of 6 or 7 are considered high, and indicate that people exposed to the sun can suffer sunburn within half an hour. According to the World Health Organization, some UV radiation is essential to the body because it stimulates the production of vitamin D, but overexposure can result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eyes and immune system. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-07-27 04:30 GMT+08:00