Enjoy the sun responsibly with new UV level online tool


Radiation experts at Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) have been measuring ultraviolet radiation (UV) at a number of sites since 1990.

Now it has launched public access to regularly updated data from the monitors, from Camborne in Cornwall to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. The information can be viewed from the Defra website.

Dr John O’Hagan, head of laser and optical radiation dosimetry at CRCE, said: “For many years the Met Office has provided us with invaluable forecasts of likely levels of UV.

But having all this equipment set up and a website means we can provide live measurements. Not only will this provide any visitors to the webpages with current information on UV, but tracking the data over years allows us to look at trends that may be due to climate change. It also helps when we have occasional low-ozone events in the stratosphere that increase the levels of UV reaching the ground.

With this tool people can check the UV levels online and be sure they’re taking appropriate steps for the level of risk – and enjoy the sun.”


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