Know The UV Index In Your Area

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Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause immediate and long-term damaging effects, such as sunburn, skin cancer and cataracts. Developed by the National Weather Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun’s rays.

More specifically, the UV Index provides a daily forecast of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun. The Index predicts UV intensity levels on a scale of 1 to 11+, where 1 indicates a low risk of overexposure and 11+ signifies an extreme risk. Calculated on a next-day basis for every ZIP code across the United States, the UV Index takes into account clouds and other local conditions that affect the amount of UV radiation reaching the ground in different parts of the country.

By knowing the daily UV Index levels in your area, you can take the precautions necessary to reduce your skin cancer risk and live a healthier lifestyle. To check the levels in your area, enter your ZIP code below:

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