NOT only is Sydney suffering from a heatwave, the area is also experiencing extreme ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels which can be damaging to people’s skin.
UV levels for Friday, January 11 were recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology at an extreme level of 13.
While on Saturday, January 12, temperatures are said to reach 42 degrees Celsius with a UV rating of 12.
Regional manager for western Sydney at the Cancer Council, Rory Alcock, said UV levels past three could damage skin.
‘‘The UV Index starts from a low level of one to two,’’ Mr Alcock said.
‘‘A level of over three can be strong enough to damage your skin.
‘‘Australia has among the highest ratings of skin cancer.
‘‘Two in three people will develop skin cancer before the age of 70.’’
For the best protection against UV rays, Mr Alcock recommends a combination of sun protection measures.
‘‘Slip on some sun-protective clothing which covers your arms, shoulders and neck line,’’ he said.
‘‘Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen and it’s also recommended to be water resistant.
‘‘Slap on a broadband hat. A cap is not recommended because it does not protect the ears and neck.
‘‘Always seek shade.
‘‘Slide on some sunglasses and make sure they meet Australian Standards.
‘‘The other thing is to familiarise yourself with the moles and birth marks you have. If you notice any changes seek medical advice.’’