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UV Index Peaks Before Summer Begins

by Mario Gomez

khou.com

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 27 at 11:12 AM

Summer is still a few days away but UV rays can be brutal to unprotected skin.The Ultraviolet spectrum of sunlight will reach its highest levels from late May to late July. On any given day during this time of the year the UV Index will usually range from 9 to 11. What does this mean to you ?Given the high angle of the sun during the presummer days there is less of the atmosphere to filter out the UV rays causing high exposure for most people. This usually leads to significant skin damage and higher insidences of skin cancer due to lack of protection. While many skin products and makeups contain UV inhibitors, doctors still recommend a sunscreen with an SPF above 30 for adequate protection. You can monitor the UV number by signing up for the weatherbug or watching channel 11. The UV Index number was an 11 for Monday in the Houston area and should continue in the extreme category for most of this week to due to amout of sunshine we will see.

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