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Pepper Ridge North Valley, Phoenix, Az - UV Page

UV Index Information Page - Be SunWise


Current UV Index: 2.4 @ 1:50pm  Low 
Estimated time to sunburn147 minutes 
Today's High: 3.3 @ 11:54am  Medium 
Yesterday's High: 3.0 @ 11:38am  Medium 

UV index Forecast
Mon Tue Wed Thu
UV Index UV Index UV Index UV Index
3.4 3.4 3.2 3.3
 Medium   Medium   Medium   Medium 
UV forecast courtesy of and Copyright © KNMI/ESA
(http://www.temis.nl/). Used with permission.
UV Index Scale
1 Estimated time in minutes to sunburn normal skin at the current UV rate.

UV index Forecast UV index Last 5 days and forecast
UV forecast map
UV Forecast Animation
Solar Radiation - last 72 hoursUV index - last 72 hours
Graph of last 72 hours Solar Radiation Graph of last 72 hours UV Index

What is the UV Index?

Some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable; however, too much could be dangerous. Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause immediate effects such as sunburn and long-term problems such as skin cancer and cataracts. The UV Index, which was developed by the National Weather Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities to prevent overexposure to the sun's rays.

The UV Index provides an indicator of the expected risk of overexposure to the sun. The Index measures UV intensity levels on a scale of 1 to 11+, where low indicates a minimal risk of overexposure and 11+ means an extreme risk. The UV Index takes into account clouds and other local conditions that affect the amount of UV radiation reaching the ground.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk of sun-related illnesses. To Be SunWise, consider the following steps:

  • Limit your time in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Whenever possible, seek shade.
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and if possible, tightly woven, full-length clothing.
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses.
  • Watch the daily UV Index.

While you should always take precautions against overexposure to the sun, please take special care to adopt the safeguards when the UV Index indicates levels of moderate or above.

 

Sources of data:
UV Index forecast from temis.nl
UV Index maps from WeatherUnderground
Actual UV index readings/graph data from UV sensor on Davis Vantage Pro Plus weather station

Thanks to Ken at CapitolaWeather.net for the text and inspiration for this page.


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 Pepper Ridge North Valley Random Weather Facts

THERMAL LOW (Heat Low)
During the summer the intense Arizona heat causes the formation of a thermal low (heat low), this thermal low usually forms near Yuma. It is usually formed by the intense thermal updrafts and rapidly rising air that cause lower Barometric pressure levels whichs leads to the formation of a surface low pressure area. This feature can enhance the moisture levels during the monsoon by pulling in low level moisture from Baja California.

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