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S’PORE EXPERIENCING HIGH UV LEVELS, HITS EXTREME UV INDEX ON WEDNESDAY

Singapore has been experiencing extremely high levels of UV (Ultraviolet) radiation, with the UV index hitting extreme levels, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA). The UV index readings of 11 and above are considered extreme, and those between eight and 10 are considered very high.

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UV rays are invisible to the human eye, and their intensity changes depending on the time of day and year, as well as the altitude and latitude of the location. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can have harmful effects on the skin and eyes, such as sunburn, premature aging, skin damage, and skin cancer.

To protect against the harmful effects of UV radiation, NEA advises taking extra precautions when the UV index is in the extreme or very high bands. People are advised to stay indoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and UV-protective sunglasses, and apply sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

Moreover, it is essential to avoid spending too much time in the sun during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The NEA website provides real-time updates on the UV index in Singapore, which is an easy and quick way to stay informed about the current UV levels and take necessary precautions.

In conclusion, while spending time outdoors can be beneficial for our physical and mental health, it is essential to prioritize our skin and eye health by taking extra precautions when the UV index is in the extreme or very high bands. By taking simple measures, such as wearing protective clothing, applying sunscreen, and staying in the shade, we can reduce the harmful effects of UV radiation and protect ourselves from the potential health hazards.

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