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Taiwan sees record UV levels in early July

2012/07/11 18:43:51

Taipei, July 11 (CNA) Extreme ultraviolet (UV) radiation in Taiwan in early July has hit a new high over the past four years, following days of hot and sunny weather, the Environment Protection Administration said Wednesday.

Administration data showed that during July 1-10, 58.6 percent of Taiwan's 21 UV monitoring stations had recorded dangerous UV levels, the highest percentage in the same period since 2009.

The figures from 2009-2011 were 31.2 percent, 44.9 percent and 50.3 percent, respectively.

An UV index of 11 or above is considered hazardous and can cause sunburn if one is exposed to the sun for more than 15 minutes, according to the administration.

"July is usually a time when Taiwan posts the highest UV levels, which means chances are high for us to see similar situations," said environment official Chu Yu-chi.

Meanwhile, Taipei recorded a maximum temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, with other areas experiencing daily highs of between 33 and 35 degrees, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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