The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the best natural source of vitamin D. However, too much UV exposure from the sun and other sources, such as solariums, is a major cause of sunburn, premature ageing, eye damage and skin damage leading to skin cancer including melanoma.
UV cannot be seen or felt.
It is not like the sun’s light which we see, or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel.
Our senses cannot detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing.
There is a huge variation in UV levels across Australia. The UV level is affected by a number of factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection.
Some people are fooled into believing that UV levels in Tasmania are low because of our comparatively cool climate. This is not true. UV levels in Tasmania at certain times of the year are extremely high.
If you would like to see what the actual UV level is in Tasmania right now, click here:
If you would like to see what the predicted UV level is in Tasmania for today, see the UV widget at the bottom of the page.