WHEN ARE THE SUN'S RAYS THE MOST INTENSE?

Dr. Jim Martin 05/18/2016

woman-in-sun-hat.pngAs the sun rises, its harmful UV rays increase until the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. This period of time causes extensive exposure to powerful UV rays that can cause sunburn and damage that has the potential to be cancerous.

Beware The Afternoon Sun

The strength of the sun's rays reach their peak in the afternoon hours. So get in your outdoor workout, chores or errands during the early hours of the morning if you can. The rays are especially strong from noon until 4 p.m. If you venture outdoors during these hours — especially on sunny days — be sure to wear sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick and possibly a hat for ample protection.  

UV Exposure By Season

UV exposure increases through the spring and eventually plateaus toward the end of summer. You might find that the sun's rays are especially strong when they reflect off of sand or snow (so don't assume that the winter months are completely harmless). Be sure to wear sunglasses and sunscreen on any given day.

Does Altitude Affect UV Exposure?

The altitude also plays a role in UV exposure from the sun's rays. UV exposure is strongest in mountainous areas as their altitude is typically quite high. Valleys are much less vulnerable to the sun's powerful heat and harmful rays thanks to their lower elevations.

UV rays also increase in power as you get closer to the equator. Head towards the poles and the sun's rays won't be nearly as strong. UV index levels change quite rapidly based on location, time, and a number of other variables so plan for extensive exposure whenever you go outdoors.

Don't let the sun's harsh rays ruin the best spring and summer days. You can still have fun outdoors with the appropriate measures of sun protection. Do your eyes an enormous favor by scheduling an appointment with Broome Optical for a new pair of sunglasses that will block out harmful UV rays.

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