Live UV Light Updates Now Available From Public Health England
Experts from Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) have launched a new service aimed at giving the public access to accurate live UV light advice. Measurements have been taken at sites from Camborne in Cornwall to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands since 1990 but this is the first time the information has been made widely available.
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 is hoped the tool will also help people check they are taking appropriate precautions for the level of risk from the sun during the summer months. Last month information from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that malignant melanoma rates in the UK have increased by 78% in men and 48% in women over the past decade. There were over 11,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012.
You can view the current UV Index here