Dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation forecast in Taiwan

Dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation forecast in Taiwan

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) warned people in Taiwan Thursday to avoid outdoor activities until after 2 p.m. to avoid exposure to excessive levels of ultraviolet rays.

People in eastern, central and southern Taiwan, as well as northern Miaoli County, are at the greatest risk, with the ultraviolet index forecast to hit levels of between 8 and 10, the EPA said.

Taipei, New Taipei, Keelung, Taoyuan, Hsinchu cities and Hsinchu County are forecast to reach a level of 7, it added.

Readings of between 8 and 10 indicate excessively high UV ray levels, and sunburn can occur within 20 minutes of exposure, it said. Readings between 6 and 7 mean that one can get sunburn by standing in the sun for 30 minutes, it added.

Index levels of 11 or higher are considered dangerous and can cause sunburn just within 15 minutes of exposure, according to the EPA.

Meanwhile, most parts of Taiwan will see daytime highs of above 30 degrees Celsius Thursday, with possible afternoon thundershowers, due to the impact of a strengthening Pacific high pressure system, the Central Weather Bureau said.

In some parts of western Taiwan, the highs are likely to climb to 33 degrees Celsius, including Taipei, Taichung, Chiayi and Pingtung, according to bureau data. (By Yu Hsiao-han and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-04-16 08:08 GMT+08:00