Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the invisible killer that you can't see or feel. UV radiation can be high even on cool and overcast days. This means you can't rely on clear skies or high temperatures to determine when you need to protect yourself from the sun.

What is the UV Index?

The UV Index is a tool you can use to protect yourself from UV radiation. It tells you the time during the day that you need to be SunSmart.
Sun protection times are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when the UV Index is forecast to reach 3 or above. At that level, it can damage your skin and lead to skin cancer.

When should I use the UV Index?

Look or listen for the UV Index when you are:
Planning or participating in an outdoor activity or eventUndertaking recreational activities such as running, swimming, cycling or team sportsWatching a spectator sport, such as tennis or cricketAn outdoor worker, or have responsibility for outdoor workers, orResponsible for young children and their outdoor activities.
If sun protection times have been issued, you need to protect yourself during the times indicated.