Is UV high in Australia?

Is UV high in Australia?

Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world – in fact, UV radiation is strong enough to cause sunburn in as little as 11 minutes on a fine summer day. UV radiation from the sun is also one of the best natural sources for vitamin D so a balance is important.

Where in Australia has the highest UV?

The levels of solar UVR are very high in Australia and this is mostly due to Australia’s geographic location, which stretches from near the equator for Dar- win (12 degrees South) to the southern part of Tasmania (43 degrees South).

What UV is best to tan in?

Good UV Index for tanning

  • UV Index 0 – 2. Low exposure level. Average time it takes to burn: 60 minutes.
  • UV Index 3 – 5. Moderate exposure level. Average time it takes to burn: 45 minutes.
  • UV Index 6 – 7. High exposure level. Average time it takes to burn: 30 minutes.
  • UV Index 8 – 10. Very high exposure level.
  • 11+ UV Index.

Which country has the strongest sun?

Australia – where the Sun hits the hardest

  • Look at the bright red spots in the Pacific, mid-Atlantic and Australia where irradiance (the power of solar radiation) is highest.
  • Australia receives much more solar radiation than California or even the Mediterranean famed for its sunny summers and beautiful beaches.

What is worse UVA or UVB?

UVA rays, while slightly less intense than UVB, penetrate your skin more deeply. Exposure causes genetic damage to cells on the innermost part of your top layer of skin, where most skin cancers occur. Over time, UVA also leads to premature aging and skin cancer.

Why is UV so bad in Australia?

During summer, the Earth’s orbit brings Australia closer to the sun (as compared to Europe during its summer), resulting in an additional 7% solar UV intensity. Coupled with our clearer atmospheric conditions, this means that Australians are exposed to up to 15% more UV than Europeans.

Is it safe to sunbathe in Australia?

Risks and benefits of sun exposure Sun exposure is the cause of around 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 95% of melanomas in Australia. However, exposure to small amounts of sunlight is also essential to good health.

Can you get vitamin D sun winter?

Just a short time spent in sunshine in the middle of the day will do it. In the winter, however, UV levels from the sun are much lower (UV index is less than 3). So your levels of vitamin D synthesis may drop, even if you spend time in sunlight.

How do you get vitamin D from the sun in Australia?

From October to March, around Australia, 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure of the face, arms and hands before 10am or after 3pm, three to four times a week, will give you enough Vitamin D without skin damage.