As our summer sports commence a reminder to Slip on Clothing, Slop on Sunscreen, Slap on a Hat, Seek Shade and Slide on Sunnies. Between September and April UV reaches damaging levels in Victoria. Read on to find out how your club can download the free UV Alert Widget to your website.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the best natural source of vitamin D. However, too much UV exposure from the sun and other sources, such as solariums, is major cause of sunburn, premature ageing, eye damage and skin damage leading to skin cancer.
UV cannot be seen or felt. It is not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel. Our senses cannot detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing.
There is a huge variation in UV levels across Australia. The UV level is affected by a number of factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection.