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You think you're protected from UV rays? Think again...

Some interesting and useful facts to know about how UV radiation levels differ. 



SUN ELEVATION

The higher the sun is in the sky, the greater the level of UV radiation. This is why the levels vary throughout the day and the time of the year. The levels tend to be highest when the sun it at its highest, around midday (noon) during the summer months. 

CLOUD COVER

UV radiation penetrates through cloud cover so even if it's cloudy, remember to protect your skin.

LATITUDE

The closer you are to the equatorial regions, the higher the UV radiation levels.

ALTITUDE

At higher altitude, the atmosphere is thinner and absorbs less UV radiation. As a barometer, with every 1000 meters increase in altitude, UV radiation levels increase by 10 to 12%.

OZONE LAYER

The ozone layer absorbs some of the UV radiation but it is not the same thickness around the planet. Some areas like Australia and New Zealand are thinner than in other regions, which means that these countries are less protected. Also, ozone levels vary over the year and even throughout the day!

REFLECTION FROM THE GROUND

UV radiation is reflected or scattered depending on the surface. Gresh snow can reflect as much as 80%, dry beach sand about 15% and sea water about 25%.

Image courtesy of: WHO Library, Global Solar UV Index, A practical guide.

Remember these facts when outdoors and protect yourself with the appropriate measures including your SOLBARI sun protective clothing, swimwear and sun hats.

Thanks for reading!

The SOLBARI TEAM






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