LOS ANGELES, CA – The weather in Los Angeles is warming inland. The coast is accentuated by the mild temperatures and summer sun this week but the sun’s rays are intense. No matter where you are, all of Los Angeles County and Orange County to the south will see a record UV index, reports the National Weather Service.
The UV rays will be at 11 for the entire Southland region, meaning a fair-skinned person can be burned by the intense rays in under 5 minutes.
Now is not the time to worry about getting the perfect tan if you are outdoors. Put on your favorite sunscreen, get some shade and hydrate, officials say.
As indoor temperatures reach over 90 degrees, at the beach the weather will be more tolerable. Still, the sun’s rays will be intense, according to our friends at NWS San Diego.
The level of the UV index peaks at 11 at noon in Southland, when the sun’s rays are strongest, according to the NWS. The UV reading indicates how quickly a person can get sunburned without proper protection.
At levels of 10 or higher, a fair-skinned person can get sunburned after just four minutes without the proper protection of sunscreen or sunglasses.
“Ultraviolet radiation is responsible for a host of health problems, including skin cancer and cataracts,” the National Weather Service said.
According to the NWS, people with fair skin are at the greatest risk of burns on days with the highest UV rays.
Readings of 0 to 2 represent minimal risk of sunburn exposure, approximately 30 minutes outside in the sun without protection.
Readings of 3-4 are low exposure, and people with fair skin may be unprotected for 15-20 minutes without protection.
Moderate exposure, 5 to 6 UV exposure, shows that a fair-skinned person can be safe from sunburn for up to 12 minutes.
Exposure to UV values of 7 to 9 means that a fair-skinned person can get sunburned in less than 8 minutes.
When UV rays hit 10 or higher, like this week at 11, a fair-skinned person can burn in under five minutes.
Dermatologists recommend sunscreen with a UVA-B index of 30 or more, as well as sunglasses to counter harsh UV rays. And don’t forget your parasol and to hydrate yourself well if you are in the sun all day.