With the UV index forecast at extreme levels across the state this week, we are reminding people to be extra careful when protecting themselves from the sun.
Summer has only just started but a sharp increase in temperature this week is a reminder for people across NSW to protect their skin.
Sydney is forecast to go above 35 degrees, while western Sydney and areas across the state could reach 39.
The UV index is set to reach 15, with extreme considered anything over 11.
“In such extreme conditions – even when there is cloud cover – damage to your skin can happen almost immediately,” says NSW Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor David Currow.
Even incidental sun exposure – walking to your bus stop, putting out washing or being outside on your lunch break – can result in irreversible sun damage, giving you a higher risk of skin cancer.
Remind yourself of the five ways everyone can protect their skin to reduce the risk of skin cancer:
- Seek shade
- Wear sun protective clothing
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat
- Wear sunglasses
- Apply (and re-apply) SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen
Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for the full forecast and UV level in your area: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/?ref=hdr