ATLANTA — Hot weather, humidity, and sunshine are three things synonymous with summer.

And for many, so is sunburn.

But there is a way to lessen the chance of getting a sunburn.

Obviously, the best way to do that is to stay out of the sunshine altogether or apply sunscreen.

But some days are worse than others, and that's why the UV index was created.

It's a scale from 1-11 that takes into account things like your location, the time of year, and amount of clouds.

When the scale is at eight or above, you are highly encouraged to apply SPF 30 or greater every 2 hours.

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One way to tell if you're being exposed to high amounts of UV radiation is to simply look at your shadow.

According to the EPA,

  • If your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon), your UV exposure is likely to be lower.
  • If your shadow is shorter than you are (around midday), you are being exposed to higher levels of UV radiation. Seek shade and protect your skin and eyes.

We want you to enjoy time in the sun, but do it safely!

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