Taipei--The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Wednesday urged the public to take precautions against the scorching sun as excessive levels of ultraviolet (UV) rays were detected across Taiwan.
As of 11 a.m., the UV index observed around Taiwan hovered mostly between levels 8-12, with those in Yilan and Xinwu in northeastern and northern Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan, Chiayi in the south, Tatachia, Chengkung, Taitung and Lanyu in the east, as well as the islands of Kinmen and Penghu all surging above level 11.
Index levels of 11 or higher are considered dangerous and can cause sunburn within 15 minutes of exposure, according to the EPA. Readings of between 10 and 8 indicate excessively high UV levels, and sunburn can occur within 20 minutes of exposure. Readings between 6 and 7 mean that one can get sunburn after being exposed to the sun for 30 minutes, it said.
The EPA cautioned the public to avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and to take precautions against the sun when going outdoors.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel