UV levels around Taiwan give ‘extreme’ high readings

Taipei--Several areas of Taiwan were vulnerable to dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation Thursday, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), which urged the public to take precautions.

As of 11 a.m., the UV index hit above 11 on the outlying island of Penghu, as well as in Yilan, Sun Moon Lake in Nantou, Yushan, Chenggong Township, Taitung and Hengchun, according to the EPA.

Meanwhile, the UV indexes in other parts of Taiwan ranged between 7 and 11.

Under the UV index, readings of 11 or higher are considered "extreme" and can cause sunburn within 15 minutes of exposure, according to the EPA.

Readings of between 8 and 10 indicate very high UV levels, and sunburn can occur within 20 minutes of exposure. Readings between 6 and 7 mean that one can get sunburn after being exposed to the sun for 30 minutes, the EPA said.

The EPA cautioned people around the country to avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and urged those who had to go outdoors to take extra precautions.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel